Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur before the child reaches the age of 18. 


This infographic explains traumatic events impacting youth and how educators can best support them. This includes creating an inclusive space and promoting physical and mental wellness. 

For more information on Trauma Informed Practices (TIPs) view the infographic on our website here. 

Published: July 2023 

External Resources

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative developed The Brain Story toolkit to support the sharing of knowledge about ACEs, child brain development and health outcomes. 

You can access the Brain Story toolkit here.

Interested in learning more? Register for the Brain Story Certification course here.

ACEs can influence mental and physical health across the lifespan. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) has prepared a collection of ACEs-specific resources to support staff who work with individuals who use substances.

You can view this article here.