What is Your ACE Score and How Does it Relate to Resilience?

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For many years,in trauma informed care work, we’ve been saying,  “Everyone needs to know about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)!” You might be asking what qualifies as an ACE? An ACE is any kind of childhood trauma ranging from physical abuse to loosing someone of importance. The idea is that by answering a serious of 10 questions you are able to create an ACE score, the higher your score is the more likely you are at risk for certain behaviors or health problems in the future. This score is important, however, we also need to incorporate resilience into this equation.

Everyone needs to know about the impact of resilience. Trauma is buffered by the type of care giver response. A person with a high ACE score with support, can be less at risk than someone with a low ACE without support.The resilience score comes from a questionnaire, complementary to the ACE test, that is based on protective factors.

Some good questions to ask yourself are:

“How has this affected you as an adult?”  “What has helped you?”

We continue to explore more about:

“What is the help that helps?”, how to build resilience, and thus reduce the number and impact of ACE’s generationally. There is a lot we can do!

To take the test and get your ACE score and your Resilience score or to learn more visit:




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