House Model of the Brain – The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Join BraveBrains founder Jessica Sinarski and HR Mom Melissa Griffin for the “house model of the brain” (developed by Dr. Dan Siegel) explained with your fist. The two parenting gurus discuss how brains are formed and how that development is impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma.

Discover a user-friendly framework for understanding the brain and some of the big behaviors you see in your children (or yourself!). Early adversity, ranging from in-utero trauma (such as substance use or toxic stress) to separation from a biological parent to abuse and neglect, has a big impact on the developing brain. But there’s hope! It’s a brain thing!!

Equipped with an understanding of the brain systems driving the challenging behaviors, parents, caregivers, teachers – all the safe big critters in a “cub’s” life – can work to re-wire that little brain for trust and connection.

Melissa brings her experience as a foster parent and adoptive mom into the conversation, exploring the concepts gently introduced in the children’s picture book, Riley the Brave. Learn more at

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For a deeper dive, check out these books:
~ The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
~ The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris, MD
~ The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross & Wendy Lyons Sunshine

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