The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) offers SBS/AHT (shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma) prevention and awareness programs for secondary education students (grades 7-12). These programs are designed to give participants a basic understanding of this form of child abuse. Educating students about the medical aspects of shaking injuries, combined with basic anger management and child care skills, reaches young adults as potential caregivers and future parents. Teaching students how frustration can lead to shaking helps them understand the importance of appropriate coping skills. It is imperative that they learn to deal with the stress that comes with caring for an infant.
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”If students can be informed about the dangers of shaking a baby before they are faced with an inconsolable crying infant, the problem can be prevented. The school-based curriculum provides a ready-made way for teachers to immediately create an effective teaching experience for students with no barriers to implementation.”
- Jonathan Walker, MD, Retinal Specialist, Child Advocate, Indiana