Pushing Toward Breakthroughs: Using Innovative Practice to Address Toxic Stress
A new article in the multi-part series entitled, “Tackling Toxic Stress” is now available. This final installment describes how a small but growing group of forward-thinking social service practitioners are using the expanding scientific evidence about the long-term, damaging effects of toxic stress to try innovative approaches that target its root causes and could lead to breakthroughs in the effectiveness of interventions—for both children and their caregivers.
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Beth Babcock, M.C.R.P., Ph.D - "Science Reshaping Poverty"
On November 16, 2013, Crittenton Women’s Union CEO Beth Babcock, M.C.R.P., Ph.D., spoke at TEDxBeaconStreet about taking a science-informed approach to breaking the cycle of poverty. Her talk explains how poverty impairs the development of executive function in the brain, and she shares the success of new coaching models that allow clients to practice and rebuild their executive function skills.
InBrief: The Science of Neglect
Extensive biological and developmental research shows significant neglect—the ongoing disruption or significant absence of caregiver responsiveness—can cause more harm to a young child’s development than overt physical abuse, including subsequent cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body’s stress response. This edition of the InBrief series explains why significant deprivation is so harmful in the earliest years of life and why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation.
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