ERIC Number: ED082404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
The Vulnerable Child. Caring for Children, Number Five.
Murphy, Lois B.; Leeper, Ethel M.
The booklet addresses the problems of vulnerable children with suggestions child care center workers may use both for recognizing signs of handicaps in children and helping children overcome existing handicaps. The vulnerable child is defined as a child who may be overwhelmed by physical and/or emotional handicaps and thus is at risk of later mental illness. Throughout, short case studies are given to illustrate a child's activity or attitude in relation to a handicap and the staff member's role, which might include referral or a planned strategy. Physical handicaps are discussed in terms of motor difficulties, poor vision, loss of hearing, allergies, and special sensitivities such as giddiness on a merry-go-round. Emotional vulnerability is seen in children with a poor start in life, anxiety, slow social development, and combined handicaps. The care worker is advised to recognize children's fears as normal and to know ways to deal with fears such as holding a child on the lap in a close embrace when thunder rolls. Considered are children who experience stress from events such as a tornado and subsequently exhibit stress signs (regressive behavior or appetite loss), which can be overcome by constant teacher reassurance and acting out games. (For other booklets in the series see EC 052 600 through EC 052 603). (MC)
Descriptors: Day Care Centers, Emotional Problems, Exceptional Child Education, Fear, Handicapped Children, Intervention, Prevention, Teaching Guides, Young Children
Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. 20402 ($0.45)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Hospital of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; Menninger Foundation, Topeka, KS.
Authoring Institution: Child Development Services Bureau (DHEW/OCD), Washington, DC.