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A child who goes through trauma can experience multiple types of health problems, which can transfer into their adulthood.

Early Childhood Life Skills Coordinator Tammy Washington of the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana discussed in an interview with KEDM last Thursday how adverse childhood experiences can impact a child. 

An adverse childhood experience, or ACE, is a study that explains how trauma and adversity faced in childhood can increase the physical, mental and behavioral problems that can appear later in life, according to Washington.  

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October is national bullying prevention month, which means it is time to address the issuse of bullying because of the negative impact it can have on a child.

KEDM’s Taylor Costa spoke with Tammy Washington, early childhood life skills coordinator at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, about the issue and why it is crucial to have the talk about bullying with your children.

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On what to tell children about bullying

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Suicide can affect anybody at any age, and communication is the key to help a struggling child. KEDM’s Taylor Costa spoke with Jan Daniels, the youth development coordinator at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, about suicide and ways to reach out to struggling children.

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On what parents need to know about suicide

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Having the pressure to perform well at school can cause anxiety in children. With school starting back up, that means your child is at risk of experiencing some form of anxiety. Pattie McGilton, infant mental health consultant for the Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, talks about the signs of back to school anxiety and what to do if your child experiences it.

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On what it is like to feel anxiety

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Adults and children who suffer from ADHD are often prescribed stimulants, but when it comes to your child, it may not always be the best choice. Dr. Scott Zentner, a psychologist at Family Solutions Counseling Center, talks about children taking stimulants and other possible options available for attention issues.

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On stimulants being used on children with ADHD

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Students and teenagers in Northeast Louisiana are receiving misinformation about sexual health from the internet, TV and other unreliable sources. Merion Sanderson, a registered nurse and sexual health instructor at the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, talks about the importance of properly informing your children about sexual health in today’s society.

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On problems related to sexual health with teens and students in Northeast Louisiana  

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Puberty is one of the most important stages a child will go through growing up, and it’s crucial for them to be properly informed about what they will experience. Rena Braswell, nurse practitioner at Monroe Pediatrics, explains how to have the talk on puberty with your child and when is the best time to have it.

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On when is the best time to start having conversations on puberty

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On Sex Education In the State

Twenty four states require sex education, thirty eight require sex ed to be approved of by parents. Abstinence+ is a sex education program that emphasizes abstinence, but covers birth control, condoms, healthy relationships, consent and STD information. 

Why Abstinence-plus?

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Sleep is one of the most important 'fuels' our body needs. Dr. Lynn Clark, executive director of the Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, says that engaging with teens about how to get a better hold on their somatic health can positively impact mental and physical health. 

Talking to Your Teens About Sleep

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Many parents are aware of sex trafficking, but think it can never happen to their child. Pamela Samuels Young, attorney-turned-writer and advocate, wants to dispell that myth. "If your child has a cell phone, predators have direct access to them," Young says. 

Misconceptions 

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