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“I feel every parent is at risk”: Child discipline expert to speak at ODU for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every parent is at risk of engaging in child abuse, but learning about children’s brain development can help them avoid it.

That’s the message child discipline expert Joan Durrant plans to share with an audience at Old Dominion University on Tuesday night.

Durrant’s free presentation was organized by the student organization In Support of Children as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, which has been recognized in April since 1983.

The national Administration for Children and Families estimated 1,670 children died in the U.S. due to maltreatment in 2015. More than three-quarters of the reported cases involved parents.

Durrant, a professor at the University of Manitoba in Canada and a veteran in the field for three decades, researches child maltreatment and abuse at the hands of parents. She’s developed a “positive discipline” program that’s taught in countries around the world with the non-governmental organization Save the Children.

Durrant spoke with The Pilot about what she’s learned from her work and what parents should know. For the full conversation, click here.


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