Lost Sparrows is working to provide insight and education in the area of childhood trauma. Understanding the impact of early childhood adversity is vital to helping ourselves and others overcome and resolve trauma. Too often the word trauma is misunderstood, and carries with it a stigma not easily overcome. Anyone that has experienced trauma is a victim of circumstances outside of their control, and should not feel ashamed to admit that they might need help. We all need help to varying degrees, it is a part of our humanity.
Much research has been done recently into the effects of childhood adversity such as the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study. This research has shown that many of us are suffering effects that we might not connect to our childhood experiences. Many of the participants in the ACE study were enduring physical health issues as adults without knowing there was potentially a link to their childhood experiences. When we work with parents, or even inmates, it can be emotionally challenging and scary to process through your own history. But it can also provide the beginning of healing and understanding why you have certain behaviors or thought patterns. Many tend to feel that they are broken beyond repair, or a bad person, but possibly they may just be a victim of their circumstances and childhood. This change in perspective can be life changing. It is important to not attempt to walk this road alone. We are designed to receive support from others, so whether you are able to speak with a friend or a counselor, we recommend everyone find support as you seek to resolve trauma.