8 things we can do right now to prevent child abuse

8 things we can do right now to prevent child abuse

Today, November 19, marks the Day for Prevention of Child Abuse. Prevention is a term we talk a lot about, but we seem to act too little and not systematically. Prevention is based on science: there are thousands of scientific findings and practical examples on how to identify problems, how to create a prevention program, how to implement and evaluate it, how much benefits do successful prevention programs bring, both in human and economic sense. Research shows that every dollar invested in youth population prevention saves $30 - $5,000 in the future. However, these gains are long-term. They require consistent and systematic implementation, investment now to see results in far future - 10 or 20 years from now. Unsurprisingly, we don't put a lot of effort and money in prevention, living in a world of a constant rush, demanding results now and immediately, demanding proof of success today from yesterday's actions. But we should have.
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What made it easier for me to bear the burden of divorce

At the very beginning of the process of divorce I was not aware of the pitfalls in which I found myself at all. The biggest burden at that time were my feelings of confusion, hurt and anger. All this resulted in a strong sense of fear, which sometimes literally paralyzed me and caused panic. Numerous questions have been opened every day, on that I alone could not find an answer.
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Depression in children and adolescents

The truth is that depression does not affect only adults, but children and adolescents, too. Depression is a disease as are diabetes, or high blood pressure. It is believed to be the disease of the future. World Health Organisation estimates that it will soon become the second public health issue in the world.

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The Role of an Imaginary Friend in Child Development

It is not rare that, while their child is playing, parents hear him/her child talking as if playing with someone. Children often talk with themselves or with their toys. That conversation may be aimed at giving life to characters in the game, and sometimes it may be a conversation between the child and an imaginary friend. Imaginary friends may be invisible or they may be dolls or other toys which are visible.

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Emotional support to the families of children with developmental disabilities

The moment parents are informed that their child has been born with or has acquired some developmental disability is remembered, because it is something which completely changes family life in the long run. Every parent experiences a process of mourning and abandoning fantasies about the child held before, all in a very short period of time. Then there is the phase of recovery and adjustment to new circumstances of family life. Various studies showed that timely counselling and informing about the nature of their child's disability, as well as about the possibilities of recovery and education, significantly reduce parental stress and their concerns and help them in the process of adjustment to raising their child.

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The Role of Grandparents in Bringing up Their Grandchildren – Parents’ Helpers

Almost on a daily basis, in our clinical practice we meet parents who are helped in bringing up their children by their own parents. We also meet children who share their experience, play and activities with their grandparents. We should bear in mind that most children experience their first relationships and connections in their families with their primary carers or persons who take care of them. Such experience is very important because the child transfers it to his/her future experience in adolescence and adulthood. Thus parents transfer their own parents' experience into their relationship with their children.

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NEUROSCIENCE AND EDUCATION: How can academic accomplishments be improved

Learning, memory and retention are highly sophisticated brain functions. Researchers into educational processes, as well as neuroscientists, have been working separately for a long time, setting hypotheses about learning, which were later used in practice. Modern times set postulates of interdisciplinarity with new emerging opportunities for an interweaving of neuroscience with other professions, aiming at discovering the best ways of teaching children. The benefits of such processes are global. That is how the new discipline, neuroeducation, came to existence.

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