Child Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities (for state intake workers)

Training Registration - Austin,TX | Jul 12, 2018 - Jul 12, 2018

SWI Headquarters
2401 Ridgepoint Dr
Austin, TX 78754
CEU's Available - No

Agency Partner -Adult Protective Services


The goal of this training is to provide intake participants with the information and tools necessary to understand the   key words and factors indicating possible child abuse and neglect for children with disabilities. This includes the medical aspects of child abuse and neglect, current research related to health issues for children with disabilities, and other examples of key questions and risk factors which provide significant information. 
Research and practice have shown that children with disabilities are at a much higher risk for abuse/neglect and death than the non-disabled child.  Parents and caregivers can be more easily stressed with parenting a child with a disability.  Children with ADHD may be more likely to experience physical abuse because parents become frustrated the difficulty and respond harshly.   Children who are disabled may rely on adults for their care, and more likely to be sexually abused or neglected by adults.   Often, these children are non-verbal, and may not understand social situations. Health issues affect multiple body systems so abuse is often missed by investigators and assumed to be a part of the child’s existing medical condition. 
Child Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities is a course designed for Statewide Intake workers who gather information from reporters regarding child abuse.  This course is based on the philosophy that professionals with a strong foundational understanding of the medical aspects of child abuse and risk factors for children with disabilities will be able to utilize their knowledge to ask the right questions that impact case decisions and priorities from the first intake call they receive. The course is taught using PowerPoint and lecture. Case studies will be used throughout the presentation to provide real world examples of how the reporter may have described the injury, disability, or history.  Emphasis will be placed on key words the worker might hear during an intake that would indicate a particular condition, risk factor, or disability.      
1. The participant will be able to identify markers of child physical abuse including verbal descriptions of bruises, abrasions, bite marks, and varying degrees of burn injuries.
2. The participant will be able to identify markers of child neglect including inadequate nutrition, failure to thrive, starvation/inanition, unmanaged morbid obesity, drug-exposed newborns and older children, inadequate hygiene, inadequate clothing, lack of supervision, safe vs. dangerous environment (including fire danger), and medical neglect.
3. The participant will be able to identify 4 risk factors for children with disabilities including verbal vs        non-verbal, ADD/ADHD, physical dependency, and mental health issues.
4. The participant will discern the difference between the one caregiver who knows what has happened and another caregiver (or family members) who have been told what happened.
5. The participant will state that head injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children under the age of 5 related to child physical abuse.  

Donna Wright, R.N. CPNP, CA-CP S.A.N.E.
Cook Children’s Medical Center
Donna Wright is a Registered Nurse, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and an adult and pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.  She has been a Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Manager of the C.A.R.E. Team at Cook Children’s Medical Center since March 2000.  This specialized unit provides assessment, referral, and diagnostic services for all forms of child maltreatment.  Ms. Wright received her BS (1987) and MS (1997) in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington.  She earned her Graduate Certificate in Forensic Nursing from Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences of the University of Colorado (2007) and the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Post Master’s Certificate (2008). Ms. Wright holds numerous certifications including:  Certified Adult and Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Certified Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Registered Nurse.  She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners.
Ms. Wright previously was Clinical Instructor of Nursing for the UTA School of Nursing and was a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Private Practice from 1997 to 2000.  She has served on the Curriculum Development Team of The Shaken Baby Alliance for over 10 years and has provided input on all aspects of the curriculum.  In addition, she provides education and training to medical providers, law enforcement, TDPRS employees, and prosecutors on a regular basis.  She has lectured on various child maltreatment topics statewide and at international conferences.  Donna is the mother of two adult children and a grandma of one grandson. 
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