Many people who experience a traumatic event will go on with their lives without lasting negative effects, but abused and neglected children will have more difficulty and experience traumatic stress reactions that may affect the development of a young brain. As the brain develops, areas of the brain responsible for how a human being will learn to cope, relate to others, and think all begin to take shape. This process is greatly affected by how the child is treated and cared for throughout critical early years of development.
Children who live in an abusive home may experience the following:
- Hitting or frequent spanking
- Name calling
- Sexual inappropriateness
- Anger outbursts
- Drug or alcohol related abuse
- Lack of food or other life essentials
- Violence or other negative behaviors like ‚ÄėToxic Stress‚Äô
Toxic stress in a young child may look like temper outbursts, crying easily, sudden and significant changes such as bed wetting, withdrawal from usual interests or activities, high degrees of fear or anxiety, poor school performance, difficulty getting along with others, fighting, running away, severe mental illnesses and many more difficulties.¬†Though no family is perfect, life and childhood can be challenging under the best of circumstances, the above increases the risk for unnecessary risk to a young child‚Äôs ability to develop to his or her fullest potential. There is always hope; there is help.
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ABUSE AND NEGLECT
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has legal jurisdiction to investigate allegations or concerns of abuse and neglect. Although there may be many differences of opinion on disciplining children, there are statutory definitions of abuse and neglect that serve as the legal standards beyond the concept of reasonable discipline, as defined by Texas Family Code ¬ß261.001and Texas Administrative Code,¬†40 TAC ¬ß700.501(5,17)).