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In this vlog, Ashley Ann Marshall, who is completing her Master’s degree at Vanderbilt University in Child Studies, will be taking you through the connections between disabilities, abuse, and young children. She will also be discussing the signs of abuse and neglect.

Signs of abuse and neglect include:

  • unexplained injuries
  • changes in behaviors
  • returning to earlier behaviors
  • fear of going home
  • changes in eating
  • changes in sleeping
  • changes in school performance or attendance
  • lack of personal care or hygiene
  • risk taking behaviors
  • inappropriate sexual behaviors

When working with young children it is important to be extra observant because often times these children are too young to speak, or to tell you if abuse is taking place.