Was Your Child Psychologically Abused?

For many parents, daycare centers are great tools for helping them take watch and care of their children while they work. The need for quality daycare centers has increased in the last twenty years, especially as the need for both parents to contribute to their household’s income has caused a surge for the employment of both the father and the mother.

Furthermore, companies are now starting to incorporate daycare centers adjacent to their buildings. For example, a mother can take her children to her work’s provided daycare, pick them up after work is over, and drive home together - all in one trip.

Although daycares can provide great relief for parents with young children, they can also bring about great pain. Children have started to experience something their parents never would want them to experience: abuse. Not just any abuse, but abuse done by the very providers they felt safe to leave their children with.  While a great portion of attention from abuse has been towards physical abuse, there is a need to draw attention to emotional and psychological abuse. This is due to several reasons. Let’s explore them below.

Signs of Psychological Abuse

Physical, psychological, and all other forms of abuse are very important and delicate situations that should be met with full attention. A big different between physical and psychological abuse, however, are that with physical abuse, the signs are typically visible; scratches, bruises, broken bones, etc.

This means that although a child may not disclose it, a parent that views the injury can take the appropriate action required.

Injuries from psychological abuse may be more difficult to treat because a child may not be willing to tell their parents about the incident(s) that occurred, and the parent might not be aware that their child suffered because physical signs are not present. Here are several examples of red flags that may be signaling that a child experienced psychological abuse:

  • Unexplained weight loss or gained weight: due to the fact that a child’s eating patterns and schedules are controlled, it is unusual for a fluctuation in weight to occur. Considerations such as why they are eating (or why they are overeating) should be asked.
  • Anxiety, stress, and/or depression: unlike many adults, children are happy, joyful, and playful human beings. Having said that, any state of depression or emotional abnormalities could be red flags signaling an uncomfortable or ill daycare experience.
  • Isolation: if a child is seen purposely alone with little intentions of playing with others, this may have been caused by a form of psychological abuse
  • Silence: kids love to talk and express their emotions. Silence and a lack of communication could be indicators of emotional fouls by a daycare center
  • Hesitation to go to daycare: sure, some kids don’t like to go to daycares but a child that is hesitant to the point of breaking down whenever their parents want to take them to daycare should be a clear indicator that something is wrong.

Now that we have gone over a sample of red flags that parents should look out for in their child’s behavior, let’s take a look at different types of psychological abuse.

Three Common Types of Psychological Abuse

The staff at your child’s daycare center has the responsibility of making sure your child is well cared of. For this reason, there is absolutely no reason or excuse that they should treat your child with the following abuses.

Type #1: “Terrorizing”

Terrorizing is a form of psychological abuse that includes placing a child in a state of extreme fear and distress. This consists of:

  • Yelling
  • Screaming
  • Cursing
  • Hostility
  • Verbal threats
  • Humiliation
  • Intimidation
  • Unreasonable reactions
  • Improper demands

No child should have to endure this type of maltreatment. Even more, what fault does your child have of the behavior of adults that don’t know how to act? Absolutely zero. No form of hostility towards children should be tolerated by anyone, especially the people you have entrusted to watch over them.

Type #2: “Isolation”

Isolation involves your child being intentionally separated, both physically and mentally, from the activities that other children are performing. A sample of this behavior from a daycare staff member is:

  • Prohibiting a child from playing with others
  • Making other children not want to play with a child
  • Unfair time-out sessions
  • Intentional lack of supervision
  • Keeping a child away from activities other children are performing

The Anderson Law Firm can make the child daycare center be held accountable for their treatment of your child.

Type #3: “Exploitation”

Exploitation involves exposing a child’s age to unwanted and irrational situations. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Making a child participate in unjust activities
  • Using derogative attitudes towards a child
  • Forcing a child to do something outside of their developmental stage
  • Exposing sexual or inappropriate content to a child

What kind of daycare allows their staff to exploit innocent children? Don’t let them get away with hurting your child. Let us give your child the Full Justice they deserve.

How the Anderson Law Firm Can Help

At the Anderson Law Firm, we understand how important a child’s well-being is and how delicate a case involving psychological abuse can be. For this reason, we would represent you and your child against a daycare center that has given any type of abuse. Our attorneys have over 25 years of experience in successfully handling personal injury cases, and we would take your case with the important attention it deserves.

When we take your case, we make sure your child gets the right help they need. We use key resources that ensure your child’s case gets the credibility and value it deserves, by using experts, such as:

  • Investigators, who would investigate the daycare center and staff’s records
  • Psychologists, who would examine your child for any psychological or emotional harm
  • Testimonies from parents, such as yourself who could describe your child’s change in behavior
  • Testimonies from other kids at the daycare, who perhaps witnessed the psychological abuse taking place

We would use gather this and other types kind of evidence that would win your child the justice they deserve. After we build your child’s case, we make sure there is compensation for pain and suffering, which is something your child may have suffered as a result of the abuse.

Contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys. When our legal team takes on a case, we handle the entire process so you and your child can focus on one thing: recovering. From taking care of paperwork to dealing with the daycare center to handling medical billing, we take the stress off from your shoulders. If you have any questions, please feel free and call our office.

Mark A. Anderson
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Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas