Today we learned of the significant relationship between adverse childhood experiences and the physical and emotional ills of adulthood. Secure infants learn to trust both what they feel and how they understand the world. When caregivers are the source of their infant’s distress, children experience excessive anger, anxiety, and longing to be taken care of, and children later see life as futile. Helping young children and their parents manage difficulties early in life may prevent the development of many physical and emotional disorders.
Our guests, Traci Penrod-McCormick and Barb Jessing, helped us understand what happens to our little ones when too much anxiety and stress is present, and how we might protect them. Tips for helping parents bond and communicate with little ones were some of the broadcast’s main ingredients.
To learn more about early childhood mental healthcare and listen to the April 12 Not Alone program, click on the button below, or download the file and listen later. To listen to past broadcasts, visit The Kim Foundation Web site Not Alone podcast page.
Airing every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CST on station KCRO, channel 660 AM based out of Omaha, Neb.), Not Alone is a live talk radio program focused on behavioral health and recovery. Developed by The Kim Foundation through the support of C&A Industries, Inc., Not Alone works to reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. The show seeks to assure individuals, families, and communities that they are not alone, mental illness affects us all, hosting a variety of guest from across the country.