A Description of The Abused Child!
Abused children are likely to have at least several of the
They appear to be different
from other children in physical or emotional makeup, or their
parents wrongly describe them as being "different" or "bad."
They seem very afraid of there parents.
They may often have welts, bruises, untreated sores, or other skin
Their injuries do not seem to be treated.
They look like they have not been taken care of.
They are given the wrong food, drink, or medicine.
They show unusual behavior: for example, crying often,
or crying very little and showing no real expectation of
being comforted, being extremely fearful, or seemingly
unafraid of adult authority, being unusually aggressive
and destructive, or extremely passive and withdrawn.
Some do not like physical contact, especially when it is
started by an adult, they become fearful when an adult
approaches another child, particularly one who is crying.
Others are very hungry for affection (they want to be loved),
yet they may find it very difficult to relate to children
and other adults. Based on their past experiences, those
children cannot risk getting to close to others.
They may have a sudden change in behavior: for example, they
may begin doing things they did when they were younger such as
pants-wetting, thumb sucking, frequent whining, becoming
disruptive, or becoming uncommonly shy or passive.
They my take over the role of the parent being protective or
otherwise attempting to take care of the parent's needs.
They have learning problems that cannot be understood. If a
child's academic IQ is average or better and medical tests indicate
nothing is wrong, yet the child still cannot do well, the answer
may well be problems in the home -- one of which might be abuse or
neglect. Attention should be given to the child whose mind wanders
and who easily becomes withdrawn.
They are habitually truant from (skipping) or late to school. Frequent
or long absences sometimes happen when a parent keeps an injured child
at home until bruises disappear. In other cases, truancy indicates
that the parents do not care or they cannot control their children.
In some cases, the child frequently arrives at school too early and
remains after classes rather than going home.
They are always tired and often sleep in class.
They are not dressed right for the weather. Children who never have
coats or shoes in cold weather are receiving improper care. On the
other hand, those who regularly wear long sleeves or high necklines
on hot days may be dressed to hide bruises, burns, or other marks of
|Monday's Child was Cruelly Beat,|
Tuesday's Child had Zero to Eat,
Wednesday's Child was Badly Burned,
Thursday's Child's Scars have Returned,
Friday's Child was Forced into Bed,
Saturday's Child has More Tears to Shed,
But the Child Abused on Sabbath Day has Nightmares which Simply won't Go Away!
This background snatched from my ole pal Brandy
Compliments of the ToyMaker
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