Neglected Child Assessment

Is this child a victim of neglect? Neglect is the most common type of child abuse, but the least reported. Because neglect usually leaves no visible scars, it is more likely to go undetected. Neglect occurs when a child’s caregiver does not provide for basic needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, medical care, or supervision. … Read more

Inhalant Abuse Assessment

Is my child ‘sniffing’ or ‘huffing’ inhalants like a drug? Inhalant abuse, also known as ‘sniffing’ or ‘huffing’, has decreased overall in recent years; however, it has increased among younger children. Inhalants are one of the first drugs that many children try, mainly because they are free or cheap and found in every home. Inhalants … Read more

Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Assessment

Does my child have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common problem in children and is recognized as one cause of daytime attention and behavior problems. Unlike adults with OSA, who are often overweight, young children with OSA are usually not overweight, making children with OSA harder to recognize and diagnose. … Read more

Physical Child Abuse Assessment

Is this child a victim of physical abuse? Any nonaccidental physical injury caused by a child’s caretaker is, by definition, physical abuse (even if the injury was not intentional). Physical abuse may result from extreme discipline or from overly harsh punishment by a parent or other caretaker who lacks self-control during stress or while using … Read more

Sexual Child Abuse Assessment

Is this child a victim of sexual abuse? Unlike physical abuse, there are often no obvious outward signs of child sexual abuse. However, the long-term emotional and psychological damage of sexual abuse can be devastating to the child. A sexually abused child can develop a number of disturbing feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Some sexually abused … Read more