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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Erika Brannock, Maryland Teacher, Loses Leg In Boston Marathon Explosions
After two days of heavy sedation, Erika Brannock awoke Wednesday morning in her hospital bed to dramatic and gruesome news: Her left leg had been amputated below the knee, the only medical option for a team of surgeons handling traumatic injuries from the Boston Marathon bombings. (via Huffington Post)

Supporting Schools to Improve the Educational Outcomes of Emergent Bilinguals
The CUNY-NYSIEB project is one force that supports this shift from seeing bilingualism as a barrier to academic achievement to using students’ bilingualism as the essential element in their academic success. (via Huffington Post)

Child’s Counting Comprehension May Depend On Objects Counted, Study Shows
Concrete objects — such as toys, tiles and blocks — that students can touch and move around, called manipulatives, have been used to teach basic math skills since the 1980s. Use of manipulatives is based on the long-held belief that young children’s thinking is strictly concrete in nature, so concrete objects are assumed to help them learn math concepts. (via Science Daily)

Learning Disabilities Affect Up to 10 Percent of Children
Up to 10 per cent of the population are affected by specific learning disabilities (SLDs), such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and autism, translating to 2 or 3 pupils in every classroom, according to a new article. (via Science Daily)

Negative views tied to child maltreatment
Mothers-to-be who believe infants dirty their diapers to bother their parents or purposefully ignore their mothers may be more likely to abuse or neglect their young children, a new study suggests. (via Reuters)

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Child Abuse: It Happened to Me

Monday, March 18th, 2013

This post was written by a member of the Parents team who, for reasons she shares below, wants to remain anonymous.

Many people think of child abuse as a problem unique to underprivileged kids. For instance, if I told you a story about a little girl who was given two black eyes, had her finger broken, and had her ponytail cut off with a pair of kitchen scissors, you might assume that she was being raised by mentally unstable parents. You might also picture her living in a small, run-down apartment in a poor neighborhood. But what if I told you that this little girl was actually the daughter of a police detective and a kindergarten teacher who were well respected in their middle-class neighborhood? What if I told you that this little girl was me?

As a child, I didn’t know that I was being abused. My parents were usually very nice to me, and only hit me when I was bad and I “deserved” it. When my 7th grade dean saw me kiss my boyfriend in the hallway, I begged her not to call my parents explaining that they would hit me. She told me that she knew my parents very well, and that I shouldn’t make up such stories. She also wasn’t alarmed when I was absent for the next two days. She knew that my parents were good people.

The truth is, my parents really are good people. Their problem was that they had been abused themselves. According to Childhelp.org, 30 percent of children who were victims of abuse and neglect will later abuse their own children, and about 80 percent of abused children will meet the criteria for at least one psychological disorder in their adult lives. As a mother now raising her own little girl, those statistics terrify me.

“Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving nearly 6 million children. The United States has the worst record in the industrialized nation – losing five children every day due to abuse-related deaths,” reports Childhelp.org. And those are just the cases that are reported. Most children are confused about abuse since 80 percent of victims experience physical abuse from their parents – the people who love them the most.

My abuse ended years ago. Since then I’ve started a family of my own, and therapy helped heal my relationship with my parents, but I still feel obligated to write this anonymously. A child’s love for their parents is deeper than any wound that a parent can inflict. Our natural instinct to protect our families is the airtight seal on our painful secret. It’s the reason most children will endure abuse without protest. If I cannot speak freely about past abuse as an adult, imagine how difficult it must be for a child to speak up for himself.

The good news is that we can do something about it. I’m determined to help give a voice to the children who can’t speak up for themselves. I’ve been working with Prevent Child Abuse New York to help raise awareness about this hidden epidemic. On Sunday March 24th, I’ll be participating with my daughter and event organizer Deborah E. Peters in the Walk For Children in Brooklyn. If you are in the area you can register to walk with us at preventchildabuseny.org.

If you know a child who is being abused – even if you are the one doing the abusing – you can get confidential free help by calling the parent helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN from 9am – 10pm every single day.

Abuse harms more than just the children. It harms our families, our communities, and our nation as a whole.

Image: Concept image of child abuse, via Shutterstock

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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Lee Bright, South Carolina Senator, Proposes High School Gun Class Bill
As the fight continues on whether teachers and school staff should carry weapons, one South Carolina lawmaker is turning the armed attention to students. Republican state Sen. Lee Bright has introduced a new bill that would create a guns and shooting class for the state’s high schoolers, taking one step further National Rifle Association CEO Waayne LaPierre’s assertion that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” (via Huffington Post)

Can Carrots Reduce the Effect of Diabetes-Causing Genes?
In the latest revelation about the human genome, researchers say diabetics with a certain genetic mutation may be able to rely on beta carotene to reduce their symptoms. (via TIME)

Limited Impact on Child Abuse From Visits, Intervention: Study
Home visits and doctor’s office interventions to prevent child abuse appear to have only limited success, with evidence mixed on whether they help at all, according to a U.S. analysis based on ten international studies. (via Reuters)

Education Committee Revs Back Up In 113th Congress
It’s back to school for Congress. Today, Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, held his first organizational meeting with the 113th Congress’s iteration of his committee. In his opening remarks, Kline said reauthorizing No Child Left Behind will remain a “top priority.” NCLB, the sweeping law that governs public K-12 education, expired in 2007. (via Huffington Post)

Brain Structure of Infants Predicts Language Skills at One Year
Using a brain-imaging technique that examines the entire infant brain, researchers have found that the anatomy of certain brain areas – the hippocampus and cerebellum – can predict children’s language abilities at 1 year of age. (via Science Daily)

More Children Being Diagnosed with ADHD in Past Decade
White children from high-income homes are most likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, as more children overall are getting a diagnosis of ADHD, according to a study released Monday that looked at hundreds of thousands of California medical records. (via The Wall Street Journal)

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Would You Know If Your Child Were Being Abused? Are You Sure?

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Yesterday’s news that Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison was the latest chapter in a long, sad story that opened a lot of people’s eyes to the realities of child sexual abuse. It’s been almost a year since the country learned that a well-respected former Penn State football coach was accused of raping several young boys over decades. And in that time, we’ve seen that this was not a crazy, isolated case–in fact, it almost felt like the tip of the iceberg, with so many similar stories coming out, including from Horace Mann and Poly Prep, two prestigious private schools right here in New York.

In our November issue, out now, we have a feature by Jessica Snyder Sachs about child sexual abuse–how to prevent it, how to recognize warning signs, and how to broach the topic with a child you suspect may be (or have been) abused. It also includes age-appropriate advice on talking to your child about sexuality and boundaries. Knowing the right things to say can up the chance that your child will feel comfortable coming to you if she ever feels scared or confused.

But the message that stuck with me is that we can’t assume our kids will come to us. In fact, only 1 in 5 children who’ve been abused will report it while it’s actually happening–the vast majority wait until they’re older to discuss it. As Robin Castle, child sexual abuse prevention manager at Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, explains, “It’s very, very hard for a child to disclose, even under the best of circumstances.” Even if you have a close relationship with your child–even if you feel he or she would surely tell you if something was wrong–you simply can’t rely on that when it comes to sexual abuse.

So we must be aware of the red flags. Please read our story, and share our story, and if it makes you question anything–including events from your own childhood–you can utilize the resources listed at the end.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, October 8th, 2012

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Nearly Half of Children With Autism Wander From Safety: Survey
Nearly half of children with autism wander or “elope” from safety — often to pursue a special interest or goal — with more than half of those kids disappearing long enough to cause great concern about their well-being, new research suggests. (via U.S. News and World Report)

Certain Eye Injuries in Kids May Indicate Child Abuse: Study
Physicians can use eye examinations to figure out whether infant and toddler head injuries were caused by accidental injury or child abuse, suggests a new study that adds to existing evidence on this method of detecting abuse. (via U.S. News and World Report)

Case Count Rises to 91 in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
At least 91 people have been infected with an unusual type of meningitis caused by contaminated steroid injections, federal health officials said Sunday, with seven deaths. (via NBC News)

Fresh Blood Not Better for Transfusions for Premature Infants, Clinical Trial Shows
In a finding that runs counter to commonly held beliefs about fresh being better, a clinical trial shows that acutely ill premature babies who received fresher blood did not fare better than those who received the current standard of care. (via Science Daily)

Rare Program Allows Arrested Moms to Stay Home with Their Children
A New York program allows arrested mothers to live with their children in a private apartment instead of prison while they serve out court mandates. (via Fox News)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, October 1st, 2012

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Serious Child Abuse Injuries Creep Up, Study Shows
A new Yale School of Medicine study shows that cases of serious physical abuse in children, such as head injuries, burns, and fractures, increased slightly by about 5% in the last 12 years. (via Science Daily)

Background TV a Threat to U.S. Kids, Researchers Say
That clamor in the background? It’s probably the TV, and it might be taking a toll on your toddler’s development, researchers say. (via Reuters)

Gene That Causes a Form of Deafness Discovered
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have found a new genetic mutation responsible for deafness and hearing loss associated with Usher syndrome type 1. (via Science Daily)

Pregnancy Discrimination In The Workplace Target Of New EEOC Crackdown
During the past week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed four pregnancy discrimination related lawsuits and settled a fifth — just weeks after the government’s workplace discrimination law enforcement arm announced a plan to target employers who illegally discriminate against pregnant women. (via Huffington Post)

Junk Food Advertising Undermines Children’s Health, Study Says
Advertising of junk food continues to undermine children’s health despite the food industry’s promises that they would restrict their marketing activities, according to a new report. (via Medical News Today)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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To Earn Classroom Certification, More Teaching and Less Testing
New York and up to 25 other states are moving toward changing the way they grant licenses to teachers, de-emphasizing tests and written essays in favor of a more demanding approach that requires aspiring teachers to prove themselves through lesson plans, homework assignments, and videotaped instruction sessions. (via NY Times)

Does Impulsiveness Give Boys Math Edge?
A new study suggests boys’ impulsive approach to math problems in the classroom may help them get ahead of girls in the long-run. The research claims girls may tend to favor a slow and accurate approach — often computing the answer by counting — while boys may take a faster, but more error-prone tack, calling out the answer from memory. (via Live Science)

Burned-Out Nurses Linked to More Infections in Patients
For every extra patient added to a nurse’s workload, there was roughly one additional hospital-acquired infection logged per 1,000 patients, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. (via NBC News)

Psychological Abuse: More Common and Equally Devastating as Other Child Maltreatment
A new study suggests psychological abuse — possibly one of the most common forms of child abuse — may be just as devastating as other forms of child abuse. Psychological maltreatment can include terrorizing, belittling, or neglecting a child, the study’s authors say. (via TIME)

Mysterious Nodding Disease Afflicts Young Ugandans
More than 300 young Ugandans have died as a result of nodding syndrome, a mysterious illness that stunts children’s growth and destroys their cognition, rendering them unable to perform small tasks. Uganda officials say some 3,000 children in the East African country suffer from the affliction. (via Associated Press)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

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Assault: Children With Disabilities Are More Likely to Be Victims of Violence, Analysis Shows
Children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to be victims of violence than other children, according to a new report commissioned by the World Health Organization. The report, published in The Lancet on Thursday, found that disabled children were 3.6 times more likely to be physically assaulted and 2.9 times more likely to be sexually assaulted. (via NY Times)

Girls as Young as 6 Want to be ‘Sexy,’ Study Says
Most girls as young as 6 are already beginning to think of themselves as sex objects, according to a new study of elementary school-age kids in the Midwest. The study, published online July 6 in the journal Sex Roles, also identified factors that protect girls from objectifying themselves. (via MSNBC)

Women Beat Men on IQ Tests For First Time
New research is providing an answer to the age-old, delicate question: who is smarter, men or women? A new study has come down on the feminine side of that argument, finding that women now score higher on IQ tests than men. (via ABC News)

Tooth Fillings Made With BPA Tied to Behavior Issues
Kids who get dental fillings made using BPA are more likely to have behavior and emotional problems a few years later, according to a new study. (via Fox News)

Cord Blood Stem Cells Restore Toddler’s Hearing
Madeleine, 2, became the first child to undergo an experimental hearing loss treatment through an FDA-approved trial at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center that infused stem cells from her own banked cord blood into her damaged inner ear. Within the last six months, Connor says she’s seen a dramatic improvement in Madeleine’s ability to hear. (via Yahoo!)

Study Links Child Abuse to Home Foreclosures
Researchers found just under a 1 percent increase in the number of general physical abuse cases reported at 38 pediatric hospitals every year between 2000 and 2009 and a more than 3 percent rise in the number of traumatic brain injuries seen in babies. (via MSNBC)

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