Using a Trauma-sensitive Lens to Promote Shared Decision-making in Pediatric Practice

Saturday, November 10
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room 13/14/15 - Convention Center

Research shows trauma experienced in early childhood negatively impacts the physical, mental, social, and emotional development of children. During this critical time period, neural development is significantly impacted by a child’s environment and their relationships with adults. These experiences in early childhood create the foundation for lifelong health, social relationships, academic abilities, and economic self-sufficiency into adulthood.

Trauma is considered a critical public health issue impacting the health of children throughout the lifespan. Children who experience a high number of adverse childhood experiences(ACEs) are at greater risk for developing chronic diseases and health risk behaviors into adulthood. Chronic toxic stress causes a prolonged activation of the stress response system which impacts the developing brains and bodies of children and is linked to poor health outcomes and academic achievement.

In order to provide effective and comprehensive care, increased awareness of this topic is necessary for promoting positive health outcomes to children and their families. A perceived barrier to successful shared decision-making occurs when there are differences between the priorities and values of the child/family and the clinician. Building resiliency, as well as bringing a trauma-informed approach to practice are recommended to address the needs of children and families.

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Jessica A. Barreca, PT, DPT

Community Site Coordinator, Adjunct Instructor
Saint Louis University

Jessica Barreca, PT, DPT has 15+ years of working with children in a variety of settings including outpatient, early intervention and school systems. As an administrator in the Chicago Public Schools, she led a team of 170 PTs and OTs in over 400 schools. She is currently an adjunct faculty instructor in the Program for PT and the Community Site Coordinator in the Center for Interprofessional Education & Research at Saint Louis University. Jessica is also an ambassador for Alive & Well STL, an organization focused on decreasing the impact of trauma on our community's health and well-being.


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