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SEMINAR TO HELP DAY-CARE PROVIDERS SPOT PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE

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Linda Draper is in the minority.

She sees herself as a child-care professional. In general, the public doesn't see people who do daycare in their home as being professional, she says.Draper is also in the minority because she's a licensed day-careprovider who belongs to the Professional Family Child Care Association. Of 1,400 licensed providers in the state, only 120 belong to the association.

"That means a lot of people are missing out on a good thing," she says.

Members and non-members alike will have a chance to enhance their child-care skills Saturday, Oct. 7, when the Professional Family Child Care Association holds its annual conference at the Salt Lake Community College.

The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Calvin Rampton Building. For details, call Linda Draper, the PFCCA secretary, at 295-0259.

Elliott Landau, who has a doctorate in child development and is a family counselor, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. He'll speak to the group on the subject of psychological maltreatment of children.

"We've prepared child-careproviders to watch for signs of physical or sexual abuse - but there are no black and blue marks on children who have been psychologically abused," he says. Day-care providers can help mitigate the effects of rejection and other maltreatment - and more than that, they may be able to stop the abuse.

Landau will encourage child care providers to talk to parents that they suspect of maltreatment, to let parents know that someone who is knowledgable about child development is concerned about their child.

"Parents need to know that the day-care home is more than a storage compartment," he says. "Part of a day-care provider's responsibility is to say, `I am concerned.' "

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Here are 6 ways that some adults damage children psychologically

According to Dr. Elliott Landau, adults harm children psychologically when they:

1. Reject a child. Some adults treat one child differently than they treat the other children.

2. Degrade. They may publicly humiliate a child, calling her "stupid" or "difficult" or "bad."

3. Terrorize a child. Parents, or even day-care providers, may threaten to physically hurt a child or send him away if he doesn't mind. In some homes children routinely watch a father beat their mother or other children. Even though they aren't being hurt themselves, they are terrified.

4. Abandon. When we buy a VCR we may think we have a new and improved babysitter in our home. We don't. Preschoolers shouldn't be left at home for significant periods of time. Not in the afternoon, and especially not at night.

5. Corrupt a child. In the extreme, corruption takes place when adults expose children to pornography or force them to participate in it. But there are other forms of corruption as well. Adults may provide anti-social models, such as when they hit another car in the parking lot and drive off or teach a child to be racist.

6. Deny emotional response. Adults may ignore a child's request for help. They may ignore a child's attempts to talk to them. They may handle their child mechanistically, feeding and clothing the child but not hugging, cuddling or playing with the child.