What Are ACEs, and How Are They Affecting Your Kids?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Jul 2, 2020 5:32:08 PM

In 1953, Reverend James Crowe had a vision for a place where “wayward” young people could find a “reorientation of self.” His vision was a working ranch where young men (we expanded to include girls in the ’70s) would get the guidance and support they needed to find a path to a promising future. That’s when Idaho Youth Ranch was born.

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Topics: Behavior, Equine Therapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Toxic Stress, dbt, ACEs

Defining Trauma–Toxic stress and how it affects developing brains

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 that Help Kids Grow into Successful Adults

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

Just as there are adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that play a role in the future success of kids, there are also 7 positive childhood experiences (PCEs) that can offset their damage. 

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Topics: For Parents, Families, Child Development, Toxic Stress, childhood trauma, resilience, PCEs

How to Practice Radical Acceptance

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 24, 2020 3:41:02 PM

One of the many approaches we take at Idaho Youth Ranch is a form of therapy called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

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Topics: For Parents, Counseling, Programs and Services, Toxic Stress, Covid-19, Anxiety, dbt

How Are Kids Experiencing COVID-19?

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Apr 9, 2020 11:55:42 AM

It’s easy for adults to believe that because children are small, their emotions are also small or somehow less real. This could not be further from the truth.

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Topics: Communication, For Parents, Early Childhood, Tweens, Adolescents/Teens, Behavior, Families, Counseling, Toxic Stress, Covid-19, Anxiety

Childhood PTSD: Symptoms of Toxic Stress

Posted by Idaho Youth Ranch on Sep 16, 2019 8:28:38 AM

Some kinds of stress are good for the body, and some types aren't. Here's everything you need to know about "toxic stress" and the role it plays in childhood PTSD.

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Topics: PTSD, Toxic Stress