Understanding Shaken Baby Syndrome Curriculum 


Our shaken baby syndrome workshop is a community-based traumatic brain injury seminar designed to educate parents and the community at large of the risks involved with shaking a baby. The program explains how the brain is affected by violent shaking through the use of a simulator doll and shows how that shaking can lead to permanent disabilities or the death of the child. Children can be damaged from shaken baby syndrome from infancy through five years of age. This shaken baby syndrome program offers an opportunity for open discussion concerning alternative behaviors and/or strategies that parents can utilize when frustrated with a crying infant or young child.


Designed for:


• Middle school or high school students

• Community education (parenting classes, babysitter training, fathers or male partners groups, grandparent groups, daycare providers, foster care providers)

• Public health organizations (public service, child abuse prevention, and other public health agencies)

• Clinical education (prenatal and postnatal classes, First Responder training, offender education)


Length:


The activities described in this lesson require between 40 and 60 minutes for presentation. With supplemental materials, this lesson can be adapted to a larger block of time (e.g., 80 to 90 minutes).


Goal:


To help increase awareness of the injuries involved in Shaken Baby Syndrome, and to help reduce the incidence of SBS through education.


Synopsis:


This curriculum introduces the Realityworks Shaken Baby Syndrome Simulator™, presents documented information about SBS, and provides activities and discussions designed to educate students and communities about this devastating and preventable injury. This curriculum uses the SBS Simulator and additional teaching aids to educate students about the physical injuries caused by shaking a baby. The curriculum presents the clinical symptoms of a severe shaking, the situations that can lead to a caregiver’s loss of control, and ways to anticipate and ease the frustration, anger, and stress that can occur when caring for a baby or young child.


Designed and developed by subject matter professionals, health education and curriculum specialists, this curriculum includes pre- and post-summative assessments. The lesson and activities include objectives, materials required and approximate class time. Supplemental activities are also suggested. U.S. National Health Education Standards and Family and Consumer Sciences supported are listed.


Issues Addressed:


• Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) and the signs and symptoms

• Areas of the brain that are affected by severe shaking

• What happens physically when a baby or small child is shaken

• How a baby’s crying can trigger a caregiver’s shaking a baby

• The characteristics or profile of a person likely to shake a baby

• A plan for handling frustration, anger, and stress when a baby cries


Learning Objectives:


1. Define Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)

2. Identify the signs and symptoms of SBS

3. Through use of the SBS Simulator, show areas of the brain that are affected by severe shaking .

4. Explain what happens physically when a baby or small child is shaken

5. Explain how a baby’s crying can trigger a caregiver’s shaking a baby

6. Identify the characteristics or profile of a person likely to shake a baby

7. Formulate a plan for handling frustration, anger, and stress when a baby cries

8. Identify resources for additional information on SBS



HOST A TRAINING and become a prevention partner today! At Project C.H.A.N.C.E. , we believe adults CAN protect children when they are given the facts and learn practical steps to prevent abusive head trauma. 

We are currently seeking schools, organizations, groups and individuals who can help us share this vital information by hosting a training. Hosts provide a space, encourage or require participants to attend.

Please email us at endchildabuse2day@yahoo.com to schedule a training or call 915-691-0392 for information.


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