We all want our children to grow up to be happy, secure, healthy adults. But how much do we know about how that actually happens? Research on brain development shows that positive early experiences are critical for long term mental and physical health. When young children do not receive proper nurturing, or they experience trauma or constant stress, it can have serious repercussions for their development.

Dr. Terry Brooks appears in a new KET Special Report, Safe and Sound: Raising Emotionally Healthy Children in a Stressful World, which looks at the impact of childhood adversity both for the individual and for society. It also highlights how Kentucky communities and agencies are helping parents be the best they can be.

Experts featured:

  • Ruth Ann Shepherd. M.D., director of Maternal and Child Health for the Kentucky Department for Public Health
  • H. Otto Kaak, M.D., associate director for the Center on Trauma and Children at the University of Ky.
  • Marta Miranda, LCSW, Director and CEO of Center for Women and Families in Louisville
  • Terry Brooks, Ed.D., Executive Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates

For more information and to view the Safe and Sound Special Report, click here.