Here’s a link to a free webcast from the Harvard School of Public Health, titled: The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity. The webcast accompanies the new policy statement, “Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician: Translating Developmental Science Into Lifelong Health,” issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Some of the online questions posted as of this morning question the role of early childhood care providers and educators in identifying, referring and supporting children experiencing adversity and stress.
The policy statement is meant to guide pediatricians in taking a more active role in identification and intervention. It’s another strand in the web of a safety net for children and families.
Here’s the link to The Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health. From here, you can access the webcast, read the report or watch a video “about the core concepts in early development.”