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7 year old in trouble
October 24, 2000
12:54 pm
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My 7 year old nephew is in serious mental trouble. He's been going through a traumatic custody fight between his parents and is mentally and psychologically impaired. He shows absolutely no emotion. He laughed when his mother was beaten up by her boyfriend. He curses like he's 27 instead of 7. And most recently, and troubling, he took a CD (which was of a woman) rubbed it against his crotch and said "How about that!" What advice can I give the father - who should we seek professional help from. This kid needs help badly!

October 24, 2000
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If the parents are not addressing the needs of the child, and the school is not addressing the needs of the child, report it to the authorities. Sad, but these were the formulative years, and this is what has been formed. There are homes that can take him in and ascertain treatment, but then there is the system. This is truly sad.

October 24, 2000
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Yes its sad, that's why I'm trying to do something. Hopefully my brother in law will listen to me and get this kid some help. But unfortunately he doesn't have a lot of money and fears that the costs will be astronomical. But being a parent its important to raise your child right and its obvious this kid isn't getting the full suport and attention he should be getting.

October 24, 2000
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The governments have programs, its free, just mention child abuse, domestic violence is child abuse!!!!! march of dimes, Dr Laura, child protection services, United Way, the church, temples, go get it for the child, don't wait for the brother in law, and if they get up set, gee to friggin bad, some one must watch out for the kid. Calls are made daily, by the hour, and guess what no one cares much who reports it. Let the kids school know, they by law cannot turn their head, and from your description, I get he doesn't sit still much in class.

October 25, 2000
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Schools can diagnose emotional impairment but it has to be there for a certain amount of time.

You would be amazed at the number of children who are literally going or have gone through hell at home but are quiet and withdrawn at school.

Schools can deal with the stuff at school but get a big no-no from authorities if we try to suggest that home may be the cause. we are required by law to report abuse....but the signs HAVE to be visable.

To often the children simply lose in these cases.

Trust me...as an educator who has tried to get courts and agencies to remove children from cockroach ridden homes, from homes where the main item in the kitchen is a table saw (plugged in) and the 6 year old sleeps behind the couch or in the dog house, or the kid who comes to school day after day in the same urine soaked clothes....to no avail...

We wish we could do more....

But look at the American society...teachers are damned if they do and damned if they don't. We are often powerless in htese situations...
Until something terrible happens. Then we are still powerless...we just have to try to mend broken children AND teach them too.

Mental Health agencies usually have a sliding scale for low income.

October 26, 2000
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You could call the crisis shelter in your area, they can give you information on what you can do and what the childs father can do. They might even offer counseling within their facility

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