• January/February 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 1

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Abuse and Neglect of Children With Disabilities: A Collaborative Response. A Curriculum for Parents, Educators, Law Enforcement, and Child Protective Services

O'Neill, P. Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. 2000. 540 pp. $90.00. Binder.

When teachers, parents, social workers, and police work together, with open communication and a common goal, the results are more positive for the child needing protection. Protecting children with disabilities can pose additional difficulties because these children are at higher risk of abuse and neglect, may not be able to communicate their needs, and may have disabilities that mimic recognized signs of abuse. Organized by modules, this two-day workshop can also be presented in individual breakout sessions for targeted audiences. The following information is included and is based on current research:

  • Prevalence, risk factors, and indicators
  • Recognizing when challenged children have been abused
  • Using developmentally appropriate communication with the child
  • What to do and what not to do when abuse is suspected

Skills development specifically for investigators:

  • Using developmentally appropriate interviewing skills
  • Using interpreters and assisted communication
  • Identifying community resources to assist with the investigation
  • Networking with parents and disability professionals

For parents and educators:

  • Helping children build resiliency skills
  • Using positive behavioral supports to address challenging behaviors
  • Positive strategies for crisis management
  • Being especially supportive for the child during an abuse investigation

This curriculum was developed under a grant from the Office of Child Abuse and Neglect of the Children's Bureau. It includes a trainer's guide, participant handouts, and overhead transparencies.

To purchase a copy, contact:
Abuse and Disabilities Curriculum
VCU/VIDD
PO Box 843020
Richmond, VA 23284-3020
Phone: 804-827-0194
Fax: 804-828-0042
Email: Poneill@saturn.vcu.edu

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