Young children exposed to 5 or more significant adversities in the first 3 years of childhood face a 76 percent likelihood of having one or more delays in their cognitive, language, or emotional development.
With help from families, providers, and the community, young children can demonstrate resilience when dealing with trauma.
Young children exposed to five or more significant adversities in the first 3 years of childhood face a 76 percent likelihood of having one or more delays in their cognitive, language, or emotional development. The likelihood of delay increases in nearly a straight line with the number of risks.1
However, research has shown that caregivers can buffer the impact of stress and promote better outcomes for children even under stressful times when the following Strengthening Families Protective Factors2 are present:
Graph was made available courtesy of the Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University. For more graphs and images from the Center about the importance of early childhood, please visit http://developingchild.harvard.edu/library/multimedia/interactive_features/five-numbers/.
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