Assessing the damages in cases involving sexual abuse can be complex, especially when considering children and adolescents. These cases become even more challenging when factoring in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities or those who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally.
In this article, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Staci Weiner shares the many factors that need to be considered when assessing damages, in relation to the individual’s age, developmental stage, cognitive, psychological, as well as social and emotional functioning.
Services for special education students include modifications and accommodations that are individualized and appropriate for each child as per the development of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Failure to provide these necessary supports that are agreed upon in the IEP, can have negative consequences for the child with regard to their disability and in their functioning. This can manifest for the child behaviorally, emotionally, socially and physically and can lead to disputes between the student and the school system.
This article will address some disputes that typically occur in school systems and relate to whether or not the individualized needs of special education students have been effectively addressed.
This webinar explores some commonly misunderstood aspects of drownings that occur at facilities with lifeguards on duty.
When a drowning occurs at a guarded pool, the immediate reaction is often to point blame at the lifeguards, but recent science demonstrates that this is not always appropriate. The leader of our Aquatics practice, Maria Bella, has investigated hundreds of drowning incidents across the country, from private pools to hotels, resorts, schools, and institutions large and small. Here she explains the scientific factors that may prevent an attentive guard from seeing or recognizing a swimmer in distress. She also describes the preventive steps that facilities can take to eliminate dangerous lifeguard blind spots.
Psychologist Dr. Staci Weiner closes the presentation with a discussion on the psychological impact of drownings. Her discussion includes the short and long term effects for those closest to the victim, as well as the potential implications for the lifeguards on duty.