The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notes, “When children are exposed to chronic stressful events (ACEs), their neurodevelopment can be disrupted. As a result, the child’s cognitive functioning or ability to cope with negative or disruptive emotions may be impaired.”

Social, emotional, and cognitive development are often intertwined. Students overwhelmed by anger, anxiety, or other difficult emotions frequently have difficulty relating well to others and performing academically. The cycle may feed back on itself and keep the child or youth in a downward spiral without intervention.

This part of our ACE series touches on ways to help someone cope with emotional impairment by focusing on three major emotions: anger, anxiety, and shame. Future installments will address the broader issues of social and cognitive impairment. At Hannah Grace Homes, we serve young women with all three developmental challenges.

Our hope for each girl comes from our trust in the Lord and His foundational wisdom. In addressing these issues, we want to acknowledge the works of and thank the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), Pastor Chip Ingram & Dr. Becca Johnson, Pastor Sam Crabtree and others who shepherd troubled hearts in light of the Gospel.

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