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Abuse, Neglect and
Maltreatment of Children with
Special Needs
Presented by:
Shawn Preston, Director of Children’s Service...
Risk Factors for Abuse
 Prior

(1 of 3)

history of child abuse or
neglect
 Disruptions in bonding and
attachment
 Pers...
Risk Factors for Abuse
 Inappropriate

(2 of 3)

or severe discipline

practices
 Involvement with the juvenile
justice ...
Risk Factors for Abuse
 History

(2 of 3)

of family substance abuse
 Persistent, serious family conflict
 Child(ren) o...
US Census
According to the US Census, Broward County has a higher
prevalence of residents with disabilities than the natio...
Statistics
• Children with disabilities are
now 3.4 times more likely to
be maltreated than
nondisabled peers
• 9% prevale...
Factors that Increase Risk for
Children with Special Needs

(1 of 2)

 Significant

Family Stress
associated with Child’s...
Factors that Increase Risk for
Children with Special Needs

(2 of 2)

 Children

unable to report

 Significantly

highe...
Protective Factors
socialization

Education

Family
Protective Factors


Parental resilience



Social Connections



Knowledge of Parenting and Child
Development



Conc...
Family Strengthening
Family Strengthening
Early Identification of Risks and/or
Abuse
 Parent Education
 Parent Skill Development
 Networking...
ARC Broward Parents as
Teachers
Parents are their children’s first and
most influential teachers
 The early years lay the...
ARC Broward Parents as Teachers
Teaches Realistic Individually Tailored
Expectations of Child
 Teaches positive Parenting...
Community Resources for
Individuals with Special Needs and
At-Risk Families
Family Strengthening Programs
 County Funded ...
Community Resources for
Individuals with Special Needs and
At-Risk Families
 Case

Management funded by
County
 Educatio...
Community Resources for
Individuals with Special Needs and
At-Risk Families
 Leisure/Recreation/Social

Network/Support G...
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Maltreatment of Children with
Special Needs
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  1. 1. Abuse, Neglect and Maltreatment of Children with Special Needs Presented by: Shawn Preston, Director of Children’s Services Tonya Ricker, Coordinator of Family Support Services
  2. 2. Risk Factors for Abuse  Prior (1 of 3) history of child abuse or neglect  Disruptions in bonding and attachment  Persistent, serious family stress  Caregiver’s negative attitude about parenting  Lack of knowledge about child development that leads to unrealistic expectations of the child
  3. 3. Risk Factors for Abuse  Inappropriate (2 of 3) or severe discipline practices  Involvement with the juvenile justice system  Low income family  Single parent household  Teen pregnancy
  4. 4. Risk Factors for Abuse  History (2 of 3) of family substance abuse  Persistent, serious family conflict  Child(ren) or parent(s) with established and/ or developmental conditions that impact their family’s functioning  Family management problems  Poor parental supervision
  5. 5. US Census According to the US Census, Broward County has a higher prevalence of residents with disabilities than the national average
  6. 6. Statistics • Children with disabilities are now 3.4 times more likely to be maltreated than nondisabled peers • 9% prevalence rate of maltreatment for nondisabled children • 31% prevalence rate for the disabled children. (Sullivan and Knutson)
  7. 7. Factors that Increase Risk for Children with Special Needs (1 of 2)  Significant Family Stress associated with Child’s Needs  Parental lack of appropriate expectations, knowledge and skills to care for the unique and challenging needs of their child(ren) with disabilities.  Lack of Resources
  8. 8. Factors that Increase Risk for Children with Special Needs (2 of 2)  Children unable to report  Significantly higher risk of marital dissolution and unemployment  Isolation
  9. 9. Protective Factors socialization Education Family
  10. 10. Protective Factors  Parental resilience  Social Connections  Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development  Concrete support for parents  Children's social and emotional development (Nurturing and Attachment)  Poverty Alleviation and Pathway to Self-Sufficiency
  11. 11. Family Strengthening
  12. 12. Family Strengthening Early Identification of Risks and/or Abuse  Parent Education  Parent Skill Development  Networking with other Families and needed Resources  Development of individually tailored Strategies and Interventions 
  13. 13. ARC Broward Parents as Teachers Parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers  The early years lay the foundation for children’s success in school and in life.  The program offers child development activities that encourage language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills 
  14. 14. ARC Broward Parents as Teachers Teaches Realistic Individually Tailored Expectations of Child  Teaches positive Parenting and Discipline  Reinforces ways to strengthen the parent’s relationship with the child  Provides ABA Therapy and Mental Health Counseling  Links to Community Resources  Builds Social and Support Networks 
  15. 15. Community Resources for Individuals with Special Needs and At-Risk Families Family Strengthening Programs  County Funded Respite CARE  CSC Funded MOST Programs  Community Mental Health Centers  Advocates 
  16. 16. Community Resources for Individuals with Special Needs and At-Risk Families  Case Management funded by County  Education/Therapy: ◦ Birth to 3 – CDTC ◦ 3-5 FDLRS (Screening/Assessment)  Developmental/Public School Preschools
  17. 17. Community Resources for Individuals with Special Needs and At-Risk Families  Leisure/Recreation/Social Network/Support Groups  Faith Based Supports  Information/Referral (211) Parent
  18. 18. Abuse, Neglect and Maltreatment of Children with Special Needs

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