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ERIC Number: EJ899467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Teachers May Never Know: Using Emotional Intelligence to Prevent and Counter Child Neglect and Abuse
Bruno, Holly Elissa
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v35 n3 p22-29 Fall 2007
Caring adults may be unaware of how deeply healing their love for a child can be. A gentle smile, warming cuddle, or soothing lullaby can uplift a baby or toddler. Infants, who appear healthy on the outside, can suffer deeply within from "invisible wounds." "Young children are the most vulnerable to being abused or neglected. Statistically, the younger a child is, the more likely he or she is to be maltreated. The leading cause of death in the first year of life is homicide" (CSSP, 2004, pp. 23-24). Infant-toddler caregivers hold the power to help heal these invisible wounds. Children from birth through 3 years, who receive loving touch and attention from caring teachers, can recover substantially. Studies on adult resilience suggest the same is true for adults (Goleman, 2003). Unconditional love of one other person can reverse invisible wounds carried from childhood into adulthood. This article presents an example of one teacher's power to heal a child's invisible wounds. (Contains 5 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A