To screen or not to screen for ACEs: … is that the question?
The question in any case is not whether to address ACEs, but how to better do so. The answer might be developing healing-centered strategies around ACEs and mitigating adverse consequences of ACEs. And doing so without contributing to the inequities, stigmatization, and re-traumatization of children and families. This month’s meeting focused on the pros and cons of ACEs screenings and screening best practices. The Peds SIG discussed screening for PACEs (Positive Childhood Experiences) versus, or in addition to, ACEs and shared an article on the value of integrating ACEs conversations in the pediatric well-child visits as part of the anticipatory guidance.