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A growing body of evidence suggests that a child’s exposure to trauma and stress can have... more »
posted 06/16/15
When reporter Arielle Levin Becker set out to interview families involved in a home-visiting... more »
posted 06/02/15
So much crucial brain development occurs in the first three years of life that one researcher... more »
posted 07/06/14

Arielle Levin Becker's Work

Nelba Márquez-Greene’s family experienced a high-profile trauma when her daughter, Ana, was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But before that, she understood trauma as a mental health professional. She says we need to do a better job of recognizing and responding when children need help.

From providing mental health care at the supermarket to training pediatricians in infant mental health, some in health care and social services are trying to apply the lessons of brain science and development to prevent problems that can threaten children’s health and well-being.

Science suggests that having a secure relationship with a caregiver can help protect a child’s brain and body from the effects of adversity. A Connecticut program for very young children who have experienced trauma or other challenges has gotten results by focusing on that relationship.