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Rebecca Moles: How AAC Can Help Prevent Abuse and Neglect

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This week, the Talking with Tech team is joined by Dr. Rebecca Moles, a pediatrician who specializes in child abuse, to discuss how we can recognize and prevent the abuse and neglect of people with complex communication needs (CCN).

Before the interview, Rachel, Lucas, and Chris connect to talk about some of their experiences with families dealing with abuse and about an AAC user who used core vocabulary to report neglect. The team concludes with a discussion of what we can do to prepare people with CCN to report abuse when it happens, including teaching the word “hurt”, teaching emotions, and other strategies.

Next, Chris interviews Dr. Rebecca Moles about identifying abuse and neglect, particularly when working people with CCN. Areas covered include why teaching language is so important to stopping abuse of people with CCN, signs that abuse may be occurring, and what happens (and doesn’t happen) when a report is made to Child Protective Services.

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Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2014 Statistics (bit.ly/abusestats2014)

About the Guest:

Rebecca Moles, MD is a Child Abuse Pediatrician with special training and experience in the evaluation of children for concerns of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. She works at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford as part of a team with social workers and nurse practitioners seeing both inpatients and outpatients. She works closely with CPS/DCF and law enforcement to assure proper medical evaluations are completed and that investigators understand child injuries or medical findings.


Hosts: Rachael Madel, Lucas Steuber, and Chris Bugaj

Producer: Luke Padgett

Audio Engineer: Michaela Ball

Music: “Ebb and Flow” by Fabian Measures

October 16, 2018

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