While resources in English on ACEs, toxic stress, resilience, trauma-informed care, and related topics have proliferated in recent years, there is still a dearth of resources in other languages. Below, please find some videos in Spanish (or at least subtitled in Spanish) that explain various aspects of ACEs science. If you know of others, please share them in the comments, and we’ll add them to the list!
VIDEOS IN SPANISH
In this video, learn more about what toxic stress is, how it can affect you, and what you can do—both by yourself and in connection with your community—to deal with what you’re experiencing. Because even when toxic stress is caused by things you can’t control, like poverty, abuse, or racism, there are still ways both big and small to help you cope. (Harvard Center on the Developing Child)
Translated into Spanish, this video and related brief outline basic concepts from the research on the biology of stress, which show that major adversity can weaken developing brain architecture and permanently set the body’s stress response system on high alert. (Harvard Center on the Developing Child)
Produced by the California Attorney General's Office, this 15 minute video discusses the lasting impacts of domestic violence on young children and their brain development. It highlights that repeated exposure to violence changes the brain, affecting a child's ability to develop attachments, focus in school, self-soothe, etc. The video concludes with a glimmer of hope, explaining that new neurons in the brain can be developed to heal childhood trauma, and this healing is best fostered when children are surrounded by caring adults, able to talk about their experiences, and hear that the violence is not their fault.
Prolonged stress early in childhood has an impact on a child’s behavior and ability to learn, but scientists with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard also say extended periods of heavy stress, like those experienced by kids separated from their families at the U.S. border, may create life-long health problems. Chronic neglect, child abuse, or a sudden separation from parents—all situations that put a child’s stress response system into overdrive. Jack Shonkoff, MD, is a pediatrician who studies early childhood adversity and health.
Death…divorce… abuse…What impact can trauma and chronic stress have on a child’s health? Developmental scientist at University of Florida, Melissa Bright, PhD, looked at surveys from nearly 100,000 parents with kids under age 17. The parents were asked if their children were exposed to any adverse childhood experiences. Bright said positive interactions and relationships can protect kids’ brains against the negative impact of these adverse experiences. Things such as face-to-face interactions, being responsive, and cuddling can have a positive influence. (Positive Parenting)
VIDEOS WITH SPANISH SUBTITLES AVAILABLE
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Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
Subtitled in Spanish, this video, originally titled Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development, is from the series Three Core Concepts in Early Development (Tres Conceptos Clave del Desarrollo Infantil Temprano). The series depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse. (Harvard Center on the Developing Child)
When a child endures a traumatic experience, the whole family feels the impact. But adults hold the power to help lessen its effects. Several factors can change the course of kids’ lives: feeling seen and heard by a caring adult, being patiently taught coping strategies and resilience-building techniques, and being with adults who know about the effects of such experiences. Here are ways to bring these factors to life.
This animated video provides a clear and compelling message about the lifelong impact of trauma on health, and how trauma-informed care can create a more welcoming care environment for patients, providers, and staff.
This video features providers and patients discussing the value of trauma-informed care and how trauma can be more effectively acknowledged and addressed in a health care setting.