Thursday, December 29, 2005

Signs of child abuse: Part 1

What a teacher should know

The abused child comes in many sizes and shapes. They come from families of all socioeconomic levels. They are among the sad children teachers see every day. Do you know how to tell the difference between a child just going through normal sadness and an abused child? Kristen Houghton offers some tips.

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Cecilia said...

It's a comfort to know that this is brought more and more to the attention of many...especially with the educators who are like second parents to their students.

Looking for telltale signs of physical abuse is one thing, but to spot children who are maliciously emotionally and mentally abused are other things to be on guard for.

However, this is not always very easy, I know, especially with children who are so innocent and wouldn't even know whether they are already being abused or not.

Len said...

The author is correct "Life certainly isn’t like "Father Knows Best."

However, I agree with Cecilia thankfully educators and others who interact with childred are becoming more aware of the signs of child abuse.

Emotional abuse is probably the cause of so many people experiencing depression, anxiety, anti-social behavior, and anger. This silent victimization can begin in childhood and the effects of it expands into adulthood, and the cycle repeats itself.

This is an informative article.

Deb Sistrunk said...

Cecilia: You are right. Educators are like second parents to their students. We ask so much of them. You are so right about the difficulty in spotting children who are victims of emotional or mental abuse. Nor is it easy for children to articulate abuse.

Len: I appreciate your comments as well. The link to the website describing emotional abuse is excellent! You are so right about the silent victimization and the cycle repeating itself. Thank you for sharing such vital information.

Jaimie said...

As a teacher, I've seen and heard a lot. I have had to call DCFS twice.

One girl in kindergarten, who was not in my class, came to school with a black eye. Her sister, who was in 4th grade, came to school with a broken nose. Mom spent time in jail, then was released and the girls were back with her. It's just a matter of time before it happens again.

The article was informative, but I could not say exactly clear. Some children are just more quiet than others, and some children just have strange dispositions. It is hard to detect an abused child if you were to rely on personality alone.

Another story: I had a child in my class who was extrememly intelligent (reading at a second/third grade level), but who was absent frequently, would crawl into classroom closets, and purposely sabotage her work. She eventually told me that her mother's boyfriend was beating up her mom, and even broke her nose (I saw the mom's broken nose, but she told me she was 'in a car accident'). The girl was constantly living in fear. They ended up moving to Las Vegas.

It's so sad. Children are innocent.

Sorry for the long rant...