Unnecessary or excessive use of restraints Ignoring dietary restrictions Toileting abuse leaving someone on the toilet too long or not taking them to the bathroom when they need to use it Bathing in water that is too hot or too cold Frightening Physical Actions Using frightening physical actions that stop short of causing serious physical harm is another form of physical abuse that is too often used by abusive caregivers of people with developmental disabilities. Consider how these actions might affect a person with developmental disabilities: Grabbing persons with visual impairments from behind Jumping in front of persons with visual impairments, or trying to trip them Abruptly moving persons with mobility impairments Forcing persons with physical disabilities to move from one position to another when they are exhausted or in pain Physical Signs of Abuse: Questionable Bruises Bruises are among the most common injuries found in children and adults with developmental disabilities who have been abused. It is important to remember that occasional bruising is also common in people who are not abused, and that people with some disabilities may be prone to bruising for other reasons. Here are some of the more common bruises that may indicate signs of abuse: Facial Frequent, unexplained, or inadequately explained In unlikely places In various stages of healing On several different surface areas Patterned, reflecting shapes Bilateral: means bruises on same places on both sides of the body. Bruises would appear on both upper arms, for example, may indicate where the abuser applied pressure while forcefully shaking the person.
A few questions you could ask yourself include: What are the warning signs I'm seeing? Stay alert if you assume you are seeing signs such at the same time as the ones listed above. Watch can you repeat that? the child does, as well at the same time as what they say. Take written notes if you have any concerns. Should I speak with the child a propos it? The child may tell you something about what they are experiencing. Let them know that you are there to listen to them by any time. If the child tells you about any abuse, remain appease and listen rather than trying en route for investigate. It is not your activity to try and find out add or to counsel the child.