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An Assessment of the Need for a Guide for assisting Adults who work with childhood Trauma among Preschoolers in Chippewa County
While some preschoolers do not experience trauma, a significant percentage of them have had an episode. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), remains to be a problem of fundamental concern as many preschoolers do experience trauma that negatively influences their behaviors, self-worth, and ability to realize their academic potential. The goal of this research is to determine whether or not a guide is needed to help preschool professionals in Sault St. Marie, Michigan, recognize typical behavioral signs of preschoolers who have experienced ACE and understand strategies that can help such children. This study includes quantitative and qualitative data. Interviews with administrators, teachers, and social workers who are working with preschoolers will be conducted to determine whether these professionals recognize that preschoolers in Sault St. Marie have experienced ACE. Additionally, a survey will be emailed to pre-school parents Sault St. Marie to assess whether parents indicate evidence of ACE in children and to determine the nature of the traumas preschoolers have experienced. The data will be analyzed and collected into a final report that will be submitted to preschool program leaders in Sault St. Marie to recommend whether or not a guide is needed to help preschool professionals in the area recognize behaviors indicative of ACE in preschool children and recognize intervention strategies preschool professionals can use to help pre-school students.