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Community Prevention Training

As risk factors for SBS/AHT include young parents, premature babies, unstable family situations, low socioeconomic status, and childcare providers with little or no experience or understanding of child care development, the SBA Prevention Education program targets students and all community members. In 2007, SBA and the State Bar of Texas Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect combined forces to produce a DVD entitled When Babies Cry.Available in both in English and Spanish, SBA provides this DVD to over 2,000 community members annually, including teachers, child care providers, community members, and professionals who request a copy. Hospitals have requested the DVD and show it internally to provide education related to the dangers of shaking children.

When Babies Cry…We Cope (Middle & High School SBS Prevention Program)

As crying is the number one trigger for shaken baby syndrome, our Prevention Education program, When Babies Cry, We Cope focuses on teaching coping methods to middle and high school students. We offer tools to cope with a crying baby and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).This program is scheduled to be redesigned in 2018 to incorporate the latest prevention and medical research from peer reviewed journal articles and research. Objectives will be aligned with state required TEKS.In addition, an instructor/teacher manual including written material, PowerPoint, Video teaching modules, and an online training program for teachers and students with materials and a pre/posttest for knowledge measurement will be developed.A data instrument will be incorporated to gather statistical data including the date, teacher, class, school, city, state, number of students, and gender/ethnic breakdown. Since 1998, we have provided prevention education to over 5,800 DFW high school students.

When Babies Cry…What Can I Do to Prevent SBS? (Community SBS Prevention Education)

Many states require mandatory SBS prevention education for registered and licensed child care providers. Texas state law SB558 (1999) mandates that registered and licensed child care providers have one hour of yearly education on SBS, SIDS, and early brain development. Our Community SBS Prevention Education program addresses this need. Target audiences include churches, foster parent associations, probation departments, juvenile probation departments, youth agencies, and child care provider associations.

PLEASE NOTE: SBA HAS A WAITING LIST FOR FREE TRAININGS.  WE ARE HAPPY TO PROVIDE A DVD for $10.00.
Please contact mneal@shakenbaby.com to order.

CONTACT US TO CUSTOMIZE A TRAINING FOR YOU.
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Testimonials

  • "After working on a couple of these types of cases we contacted Bonnie Armstrong of the Shaken Baby Alliance to see how we could improve. She assembled an A-Team of specialists, each in their own fields, who delivered top-notch training to not only our team, but people from all around the state. Their approach ranged in appeal from police officer to medical examiner, to prosecutor, and everything in between. We all collectively have a better understanding of how to proceed in these difficult cases now as well as a better understanding as to what other members of our team will do. I hate that there will be another case--but when it comes, we'll be ready."

    Sean Curtis, Investigator District Attorney's Office, Fort Collins, CO

  • During Hurricane Harvey, some long term and new families contacted the Alliance for assistance with housing, specialized formulas for their G-tube fed children, and specialized equipment. One mother of 17 year old son, who is wheelchair bound from his AHT injuries, weighs almost as much as the mother, and functions as a 2 year old, shared her harrowing tale. She had to climb up a ladder to get both her son and the wheelchair to the roof of their home away from rapidly rising waters. She helped her son up, and devised a pulley system with a few household items to hoist his specialized wheelchair up to the roof. After being loaded into a small metal rescue boat, the mom discovered that her child’s iPod, one of his most prized possessions, had been lost during the rescue. Her son is non-verbal. He screams a very high pitched cry/scream when agitated. Without the iPod music to calm him, he was in a state of constant screaming at the shelter. The mother called SBA literally in tears as his screams aggravated others in the shelter. The mom requested assistance in getting a new iPod, help in finding a shelter with a specialized hospital bed, and obtaining the durable medical equipment her son needed immediately in order to function. Through our network of families and professionals, we were able to have the mother and son moved to a private home, obtain a temporary wheelchair and a stander. .

    Bonnie Armstrong

  • SBA staff took the grandparents of one of our shaken babies to a doctor in Dallas. Her grandparents are now adopting her since she was abused. They are so poor it’s scary, but they love that baby! They are from the little country town of Hamilton, TX, and terrified to drive in Dallas where the specialist the baby needed to see has her office. SBA staff met them in Benbrook to drive them. After the appointment, we drove them back and told them to meet us at Walmart. We took them inside and bought 3 cases of diapers, wipes, 4 cases of formula, some toys, pajamas, and some clothes for the baby. We checked out and the total was a little over $500. We filled up their beat up 1972 Chevrolet truck that’s held together with baling wire and a prayer. The grandmother started crying and the grandfather just said there was no way they could pay me back. I explained they didn’t have to pay me back because very generous people help me so I can help the families. They gave us really big hugs and left with that precious baby. I know they will take good care of her and we will be with them along the way

    Bonnie Armstrong

  • I attended your course for Advanced Techniques in Joint Child Abuse Investigations in Georgetown a while back and, to this day, find it to be one of the best training courses I have been to. I would like to potentially host this course at the Cedar Park Police Department sometime in 2018.

    Officer Coleman, Training, Cedar Park Police

  • When I served as the 31st District Attorney I had a rural 5 county jurisdiction with limited resources to assist with complicated cases.  I reached out to the Shaken Baby Alliance for help with a case involving the death of a 3 month old baby and could not have been more grateful for all the help I received from them.  They quickly provided me with referrals to experts in the field of abusive head trauma, provided me with a doll made to the baby’s height and weight specifications and gave me assistance in trial strategy and cross examination of defense witnesses.

    Attorney Lynn Switzer

  • CASE CONSULTATION The Alliance consulted on a child abuse case in January 2017 in Brownwood, Texas. Breyla Ann Bryant, a one month infant, died at the hands of her father, 19 year old Jekaris Lee Bryant. SBA technical assistance was critical in showing the baby died of Shaken Baby Syndrome/blunt force trauma injuries and not from choking. Bryant was convicted of capital murder charge and given life without parole. After the trial, SBA met with the jury. The jury and the prosecutor noted that visuals and the expert provided by SBA made the difference in understanding the case facts. The maternal grandparents and aunt of the baby were grateful for the assistance provided in seeking justice for little Breyla. This case highlights the complex needs of victim children and families and the professionals involved in the case

    SBA STAFF

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