Everyday Things You Can Do to Build Resilience in Your Child

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 24, 2021 4:07:08 PM

Resilience refers to the ability to recover from adverse events and cope with life’s stressors. Resilient kids tend to have higher self-esteem, take more healthy risks, and problem solve successfully.

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Topics: For Parents, Childhood Trauma, Resilience

Signs It’s Time to Get Help for Your Teen’s Anger

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 23, 2021 4:04:20 PM
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Topics: Tweens, Counseling, Childhood Trauma

The Signs of Sexual Abuse in Kids and Teens

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 26, 2021 12:57:34 PM

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as abuse or exposure to violence can have significant and far-reaching impacts on children and adolescents, especially when the form of abuse is sexual in nature.

In the state of Idaho, 23% of adults have had four or more ACEs, while 65% of adults have had at least one ACE. Of the various types of ACEs experienced by Idaho adults, 13.9% were touched sexually, 10% were made to touch someone else sexually, and 4.9% were forced to have sex.

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According to statistics based on confirmed reports, an American is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds, and every 9 minutes the victim is a child. Unfortunately, many victims of sexual abuse do not disclose and research shows that it is a far more widespread issue than statistics can account for. In the US and Europe, 1/5-1/3 of females report having had a childhood sexual experience with a male adult. 

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Topics: Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Childhood Trauma, ACEs

Physical Abuse: Signs in Children and Parents

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 14, 2021 8:42:15 AM

When a child has an adverse experience, it can lead to greater issues down the line. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) correlate with negative health impacts. Those who have six or more ACEs lose 20 years to their average life expectancy compared to those who do not have any ACEs. Those with 4 or more ACEs are more likely to have a chronic health condition and engage in unhealthy behaviors.

Unfortunately, for some children, one ACE they will experience is physical abuse. In Idaho, a reported 19.2% of adults have experienced physical abuse as a child, and in 2017 there were 402 confirmed cases  of physical abuse reported in the state. 

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Topics: Child Abuse, Abuse, Childhood Trauma, ACEs

Emotional Abuse: The Signs & Effects on Children

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 7, 2021 12:16:25 PM

One of the most difficult forms of abuse to detect is emotional—also known as psychological—abuse. This harmful behavioral pattern can have significant, far-reaching impacts on children that extend into adulthood. Oftentimes, it occurs in tandem with sexual or physical abuse. In 36% of reported child abuse cases in the US, emotional abuse was also an identified factor.

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Topics: Child Abuse, Childhood Trauma, ACEs

How Equine Therapy Helped Lacy Heal

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Mar 12, 2021 8:16:12 AM

Can you imagine being nine years old and watching your parents drive away forever?

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Topics: Equine Therapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Counseling, Childhood Trauma

What You Need To Know About Suicide in Idaho

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 4, 2020 8:19:39 AM

It's everyone's worst nightmare: Getting a call or finding out that someone you knew has completed suicide. People ask themselves, “Why?” They say things like, “I should have known. I wish I would have said something.”

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Topics: For Parents, Suicide Prevention, Childhood Trauma

When Is It Time to Get Help for Your Child?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 9, 2020 8:18:44 PM

The thing we hear most often from parents is, “I wish I would have known about you sooner.” It can be extraordinarily difficult for parents to reach out for help or to know what resources are available to them. It can also be difficult to distinguish between the signs of normal teenage moodiness and serious causes for concern.

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Topics: For Parents, Adolescents/Teens, Childhood Trauma

Trauma, Toxic Stress, and the Developing Brain

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jun 18, 2020 2:15:36 PM

Psychological or emotional trauma is defined as “damage to the mind that occurs as a result of a distressing event. Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one's ability to cope, or integrate the emotions involved with that experience.”

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Topics: Toxic Stress, Childhood Trauma

7 Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs)

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on May 1, 2020 5:00:42 PM

In 1985, Dr. Vincent Felitti was the Chief of Preventative Medicine at Kaiser Permanente. He was conducting a study on long-term health outcomes when he noticed that people who had traumatic pasts tended to have more dire health outcomes such as heart disease and diabetes. So strong was the trend, he turned the focus of his research to understanding more about how adversity in childhood related to health outcomes in adults.

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Topics: For Parents, Families, Child Development, Toxic Stress, Childhood Trauma, Resilience, PCEs