Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children
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1. Consistency and predictability are particularly important for maltreated children:

The correct answer:  b

Comment: Consistency and predictability instill children with a sense of safety, allowing them to better learn and develop.

2. Punishment typically helps a maltreated child feel secure, because they know where they stand.

The correct answer:  False

Comment: Maltreated children, as do all children, respond best to encouragement, gentle redirection, clear limits and expectations.

3.  Abused and neglected children always experience physical touch as positive.

The correct answer:  False

Comment: Many maltreated children find physical touch threatening and must learn, over time, what both  appropriate touch and physical boundaries are.

4.  Maltreated children often have difficulty coping with all the but following:

The correct answer:  a

Comment: Consistency and predictability help all children feel safe and secure.

5.  True or False:  Offering a running commentary on a child’s behavior during play can help teach a child appropriate social skills.

The correct answer:  False

Comment: Your insightful comments can help a child understand cause and effect.  When you say to your child "I see you've offered Rachel your toy truck.  Sharing is a great way to make a friend," it helps your child understand the value of his interaction.

6.  If a child runs to hug you when you first meet her:

The correct answer:  c

Comment: Many children with attachment problems are indiscriminant with their physical affection.  Do not reject these children.  Rather gently guide their intended embrace into a more slightly distant interaction - such as a warm pat on the arm or rub on the back along with a big smile and warm hello!

7. Listening and playing with maltreated children can allow the child to open up and talk freely.

The correct answer:  True

Comment: The safer a child feels, the more he will reveal.

8. When working with or caring for maltreated children, it is important to:

The correct answer:  d

Comment:  Intervene as early and as aggressively as possible.

9.  A comprehensive, professional evaluation can help identify a child’s strengths and problematic areas.

The correct answer:  a

Comment:  Focus your efforts.

8. Which of the following is a self-care strategy?

The correct answer:  d

Comment:  Don't underestimate the energy it requires to care for at-risk children (and children in general)!  Get rest, time for yourself and help with the children in your care so that you can return to them refreshed and more able to meet their needs.


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