Posts in "Prevention and Protection"
Yes, indeed, through a process called epigenetics. Chances are you’ve never heard of changes in gene expression, since most people were taught your genes are for life. Well, we do have our genes for life—but many of our genes change their expression based on our social interactions at home, at school or in the community. Many of the genes that change the most involve our brains.
Most people think of Trauma Informed Treatment as helping people who’ve been through terrible things like shootings, domestic violence, rapes, mass casualties, accidents, and more. All that is necessary, but treatment is not prevention. So let me explain.
Almost certainly, which emerges from my thinking in co-authoring a publication soon to appear in Brain and Behavioral Sciences. Most educators, therapists, parents, and policymakers have no idea that the human social environment actually causes changes in the expression of DNA. Chances are that is happening in children’s classrooms right now across America is changing the expression of their genes.
“Why should I praise, compliment or tootle (our PAX word for kids) my students for things they should be doing anyway?” This was a question posed to on a PAX Good Behavior Game webinar for over 100 sites using PAX GBG.
Perhaps you’ve wondered how many children actually take medication to correct the “unknown cause” of ADHD that might be heredity, a “chemical imbalance” or “brain changes” in the United States. We have a pretty good answer to that question, which was discovered by the Wall Street Journal (Mathews, 2010). In 2009, 24.3 million children (0-19) out of 75 million had at least one prescription for an ADHD medication. That is one-third of all young people in America.