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  • Reporting Behaviors of Concern

    Reporting Behaviors of Concern

    Yesterday we talked about specific behaviors of concern that may tell you that someone is sexually abusing or being abused. Now we’re going to talk about what to do if you see a behavior of concern and/or a child discloses abuse to you. Trust Your Gut and Speak Up Wherever you see behaviors of concern […] Read full story

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    Child Sexual Abuse – The Warning Signs

    Adult sexual abusers groom children (and their parents) rather methodically. By paying attention to warning signs, adults can disrupt behaviors of concern. Behaviors of Concern in Adults Pay attention to adults who spend excessive time with children instead of peers, who have a “special” kid friend, and who turn to children for comfort or activities […] Read full story

  • Choosing Safe Caregivers

    Choosing Safe Caregivers

    In most cases of child sexual abuse, the abuser is alone with the child, has authority over the child, and takes advantage of the child’s trust. With this in mind, how can you choose safe authority figures and activities for your child? It starts with screening. Just as you would take the time to vet […] Read full story

  • Courageous Conversations

    Courageous Conversations – Speaking up for Children

    When I started doing prevention education in the 1980’s, the focus was on empowering kids to say “No” should they find themselves in a vulnerable situation. At some point, however, it became clear to me that it was unfair to put this burden on children, when we as adults are the ones responsible for keeping […] Read full story

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is Child Abuse Prevention month, an excellent opportunity to raise awareness for a silent epidemic that harms our children: child sexual abuse. In the face of this epidemic, I believe we have to confront the facts, speak with caregivers, and respond to behaviors of concern in our homes, schools, daycare, youth programs, and places […] Read full story

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    What to Do If You Suspect a Concussion

    Concussions pose a serious threat to the developing brains of children and adolescents. Unfortunately, there is no single sign or symptom that positively indicates that a concussion has occurred. The most important thing to remember about treating children and student athletes who have sustained a blow to the head is that a loss of consciousness […] Read full story

  • Concussion Symptoms

    Concussion Symptoms

    A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly from one side to another. Children can experience a concussion during any sport or recreational activity, so it’s important for coaches […] Read full story

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    Second Impact Syndrome

    Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) is a serious brain condition that can occur when a second concussion is suffered before the effects of a previous concussion have healed. With SIS, acute and often fatal brain swelling occurs; because the onset of swelling is rapid, it may be impossible to control. The risk of SIS is higher […] Read full story

  • Top Ten Sports-Related Head Injuries

    Top Ten Sports-Related Head Injuries

    The issue of head injuries among professional football players has been in the news recently, with the NFL hit by a series of lawsuits brought by players who accuse the organization of covering up the risk and seriousness of brain trauma for decades. The lawsuits were prompted by a growing body of research showing that […] Read full story

  • The State of Head Trauma Among Student Athletes

    The State of Head Trauma Among Student Athletes

    Participating in sports can add an important dimension to a child’s life. In addition to boosting self-confidence and fostering a lifelong interest in physical fitness, lessons learned on the playing field can help children become cooperative team members and better leaders. Unfortunately, some sports carry a high risk of hard hits that can result in […] Read full story