ERIC Number: ED288323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Abuse and the Special Child.
Murphy, Linda; Corte, Suzanne Della
Special Parent/Special Child, v3 n1 Jan-Feb 1987
The issue's major feature, on physical and sexual abuse of handicapped children, focuses on education and adult awareness of the problem. It has been well documented that children with handicaps are especially vulnerable to abuse. Parents or other adults who believe that abuse has occurred should first write down exactly what the child has told them, as well as their own observations, including obvious signs of injury. Knowing the child well is a key factor in awareness; dramatic changes in behavior should trigger questions. Be on the alert for changes, reassure the child, and let the child know you are acting on his or her behalf. General directions for reporting abuse are given, and specific symptoms of physical and sexual abuse are noted. A list of do's and don'ts for parents includes teaching your child his full name, address, and phone number, making sure the child knows the correct names for all body parts, and teaching the child what kind of adult requests are inappropriate. (JW)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Advocacy, Child Caregivers, Disabilities, Drug Abuse, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Education, Parent Responsibility, Sexual Abuse
Lindell Press, Inc., P.O. Box, 462, South Salem, NY 10590 ($18.00 per year, $3.50 per issue).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For the 1986 issues, see ED 278 182.