In this short video, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, CEO and founder for the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, says that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress are the next massive public threat. This is because traumatic childhood events like abuse and neglect can create dangerous levels of stress and derail healthy brain development, resulting in long-term effects on learning, behavior, and health. What can clinicians do and what can we do to address this problem?
There are many ways we can help, but the simplest is for us to work on reducing our own stress and the stress of the children in your life. Unfortunately, the situations that bring forth the most stress are sometimes the situations where reducing our stress are the most difficult. So what can we do in these situations?
The ICWIB! Program was created for these kinds of situations. Using the simple tools of crayons and a piece of 8½” x11” paper, children as young as 18 months old have learned how to shift from their reactive mind to their conscious, problem-solving mind autonomously. Once they have learned the process with crayons and paper they can easily duplicate the experience with their finger on their arm or leg.
With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE because they are an easy way to not only reduce stress, but to also change the beliefs and behaviors that are creating the stress.
Also, in a recent interview, Dr. Bruce Lipton said, “Freedom is the ability to create without the limitation of generational programming. TheI Create What I Believe! (ICWIB!) Program is a gateway and a pathway into a new and better future because it allows children to fully express themselves and to not be limited by the beliefs that have been passed down from generation to generation. This program also frees up children’s minds and allows their creative nature to create a better world for all of us, which is what we need right now!”
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