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Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic experiences that can lead to negative, lasting effects on the health and well-being of the child. Students who have ACEs are more likely to struggle in school, have difficulty paying attention, lack self-regulation skills, and struggle to control their emotions and behaviors. Teachers and school staff may not recognize or know how to support students who have adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) which can impact the child’s occupational role as a student. To date, a resource for school staff with information on ACEs, interventions, and strategies has not been created. The purpose of this project was to develop a trauma-informed occupation-based resource that allows teachers and school staff to identify and support students who have experienced childhood adversity by using interventions to improve their academic achievements and quality of life. This resource will also serve as an advocate for OT’s role in working with students who have ACEs.

Publication Date

Spring 2024


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Occupational therapy, Adverse childhood experiences, Trauma, Educators, Classroom, ACEs, Teachers

Medical Subject Headings

Adverse childhood experiences, Toxic stress, ACEs, Occupational therapy


Counseling | Occupational Therapy | Teacher Education and Professional Development


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 10-17, 2024.

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