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GH Author Q&A Series: Ginger Welch on “The Neglected Child”

27 Feb

BLOG_QnA_WelchDo you suspect a child in your classroom or community of being neglected? Want to know how to handle the situation?

We sat down with Gryphon House author, Ginger Welch, and talked about a new book she co-authored, “The Neglected Child,” asking her these questions and more. The book does everything from defining the different types and levels of severity of neglect to establishing suspicion and reporting neglectful situations. Check out what she had to say about how to identify and intervene in neglectful situations so that you can create a safe and protective environment for young children.

Q1:  Why a book about child neglect?  Isn’t abuse the more serious condition?

A1:  Almost all children who are abused also suffer neglect; among child fatalities, more children actually die of neglect than die of abuse alone.

Q2:  Isn’t neglect simply a matter of poverty?  The dirty child, the hungry child, that sort of thing?

A2:  Poverty and neglect can have overlapping characteristics, but most families in poverty do not neglect their children.

Q3:  If neglect isn’t just associated with being poor, what types of neglect are there?

A3:  We discuss six types in the book:  Supervisory neglect, Environmental neglect, Educational neglect, Medical neglect, Emotional neglect, and Deprivation of needs.

Q4:  Supervisory neglect is an unfamiliar term.  What exactly does this mean?

A4:  Supervisory neglect occurs when a person who is responsible for a child fails to adequately supervise that child, leading to dangerous or fatal conditions.  Imagine a caregiver who is passed out from drug abuse who fails to monitor a two year old who then wanders away from the house, or a parent who leaves a four year old in charge of watching infant twins while the parent is at work.  In these situations, the children do not have the capacity to safely care for themselves and need a caregiver to supervise them.  Supervisory neglect is the most common form of fatal neglect.

Q5:  It seems like parents who fail to supervise are clearly in the wrong.  Do you believe there should be more criminal cases against these parents?

A5:  It’s not so simple.  Children can escape the supervision of even the most watchful parent, and our book in no way suggests that all parents are criminals!  As a mother myself, I can tell you that young children are active!  Consider, though, a parent who is very low functioning.  Perhaps she is doing the best she can, but she lacks the intellectual capacity to adequately watch her child and keep him/her safe.  Perhaps she forgets to drain the bathtub, or lock the front door, leading to potentially hazardous conditions for her child.  Might she be neglectful?  Yes.  Is she responsible?  I don’t think so.

-Did you enjoy Ginger’s interview? Keep an eye on our blog so that you won’t miss the second part of her interview coming soon in our Author Q&A Series! Have questions for Ginger? Comment below or tweet your questions to us @GryphonHouse

-Want to learn more about “The Neglected Child”? Check out our related post.

Biography: Ginger Welch, PhD, is a licensed pediatric psychologist and certified early childhood educator. She is an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University and a private-practice psychologist specializing in evaluation and consultation services for infants and young children, including those who have been abused or neglected. She has presented her work on child maltreatment at many national conferences, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the American Psychological Association, and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. She also has taught nationally and internationally on topics related to child development, child abuse, and counseling.

7 Ways to Build Holiday Resilience

19 Dec

Before Christmas arrives and procrastination comes to a climax, we would like to share information on a topic that doesn’t get much attention during the holiday season. There are enough winter activities for you and your children to fill your house to the rim, but we would like to talk about the most important part of a child: the inside.

With financial and time constraints, it is only natural that stress comes hand in hand with the holidays. But it’s easy to forget that children feel that stress, too. Nefertiti Bruce, an early childhood specialist and national trainer at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, a non-profit behavioral healthcare organization, emphasizes looking beyond the craze of the holidays to build personal resilience in parents and their children by rediscovering the season’s original values: thankfulness, family, rest and laughter.

Teaching your child to be resilient by putting it on display will not only help them stave off stress, but will also give them a life approach throughout their whole education.

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 7 Ways to Build Holiday Resilience:

  1. Grow in Gratitude
    • Appreciate the small things in life. Ask questions like, “What am I thankful for?”
  2. Ask for Help
    • Asking others for things outside of our power is not a sign of weakness, but rather opens us up to new opportunities and experiences.
  3. Laugh out Loud
    • Having a sense of humor is always healthy. Laughing helps us alleviate stress and evaluate our sense of well being.
  4. Listen Deeply
    • When we truly listen to each other, it increases our chances of forming meaningful relationships. Find a moment to put away all of the technology for a few hours and share stories about your week.
  5. Make Time for a Hobby
    • Investing ourselves into something we love fills us with a sense of pride and confidence in our self worth. We aren’t defined by our work, but it individualizes us.
  6. Practice Self-Calming Techniques
    • What soothes you? Listening to calming music or picking up your favorite book can be the perfect way to decompress.
  7. Rest
    • This one’s important! Make sure you are well rested with 8 hours of rest a night to ensure both mental and physical health.

To read the full article on building holiday resilience, click here.

We hope these tips help keep stress levels to a minimum over the holidays. Social emotional learning in

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children is becoming prevalent as they have to face more and more both in and out of school. For more information on social emotional learning, Gryphon House has the following resources:

The “Ordinary Magic” of Resilience

8 Mar

By Karen Cairone

I recently wrote a little piece about resilience, and quoted a colleague of mine…

“Resilience is like a blanket in the back of your car… you never know when you are going to need it, but it is good to know it is there—just in case.”  ~ Nefertiti Bruce, co-author of Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure.

Since that article, I have been approached by a number of people who said they never really thought about resilience that way.  In fact, some shared that they never think about resilience at all.  One friend shared this insight, “You don’t think about resilience until you need it… then, it’s all you can think about.”

Paul LeBuffe, co-author of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA), among a variety of other resources, is fond of saying, “Devereux was into resilience before resilience was cool.”  This always makes our team smile – but is important for this reason.  Devereux has been creating resilience-based assessments, writing books, producing DVDs, and offering professional development for hundreds of thousands of people across the country, since 1996.  At this point, we feel like we’re getting it down pat.

In the past, resilience was viewed as something only at-risk children and families needed.  Not true, says Ann Masten.  She refers to resilience as “ordinary magic”.  It is something we ALL need, and magic it is.  It can help the most hopeless situation or devastation seem ripe with possibility.  It can light the way out of the dark in stressful or even, horrific, times.  When natural disaster or terrorists strike, resilience can help you cope and think your way to solutions and recovery.

On a personal level, I wasn’t thinking about my resilience on September 11th, 2001.  I was in Washington State, just 26 years old… conducting a week-long training on, of all things, resilience.  With flights grounded, the group I was training, and myself, all took a vote— continue the training, or, cancel.  As a group, we decided that now, more than ever, was the time to be talking about resilience.

We got through that training week with many hugs, many tears, and many insights about our own personal resilience.  I recognized my own protective factors on that day and week, and have been grateful ever since to know that I do have a ‘blanket in the back of my car’, just in case.

Do you? 

Devereux offers a free, research-based survey of adult resilience.  Try taking the Devereux Adult Resiliency Scale yourself.  Perhaps some of the ideas in Building Your Bounce, the accompanying adult resiliency journal, will help you be your best resilient self.

This post was contributed by Karen Cairone. Karen has been with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, Early Childhood Initiative for the past 13 years. While with Devereux, she has co-authored several resources including Facing the Challenge DVD Series, Classroom Moments DVD, For Now and Forever: A Family Guide for Infants and Toddlers, and Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure.  Karen has two upcoming publications with Gryphon House.  Karen is editor of the DCRC national newsletter, and delivers training on topics related to social and emotional health and resilience around the country. Karen Cairone lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

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