Success Factors for Parents of children with maltreatment

What are some of the brain-based factors that may pose special difficulties for children? 1. High rate of executive function difficulties: that is having trouble with focusing attention, inhibiting impulses, making plans, developing strategies based on comprehension, and self-regulation. These [...]

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Helping Highly Stressed People – Children or Adults

The brain works differently when it has had high stress over a long period of time. Here are tips for working with people in a brain-savvy way. High Stress influences brain functioning. These changes are described as executive dysfunction, which [...]

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Moving Children Between Families – Impacts and ways to Help

These materials are from the book, Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma, Jessica Kinsgley Press, 2012. Children moved abruptly without careful transition may think that they were moved because; they were bad, they were angry with people who [...]

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How Attachment Shapes Your Child’s Brain

The relationship that you form with your child, hopefully a secure attachment, influences your child’s brain for the better. You are actually shaping your child’s brain as you attach. As you are caring for your child, certain areas of your [...]

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Attachment and Bonding

Close Connections: Bonding and Attachment Except from the 2014 book, Attaching through Love, Hugs, and Play, Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA, published by Jessica Kingsley Press. What did you picture when you thought of yourself parenting a child? Did you see [...]

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Parent Self-Care

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Your Self-Care and Why It Matters Normal Attachment Challenges to Parents: Children usually enter their adoptive homes after orphanage stays or foster care placements with a disorganized attachment style. That means that their pattern [...]

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