Learn about how your adopted child’s chronological age may not match their biological age. Trauma effects development. There is hope: read about techniques that can help your parenting.
The intersection of adoption, trauma, and the brain is highly intricate and inter-dependent. Trauma is a complex subject. This Newsletter will dig into exactly how childhood trauma changes your child. Once again, we are going to start with the brain.
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Imagine that you are a six-year-old girl who has been seeing a counselor to help you cope with your family situation. Both of your parents have serious mental health issues, and you are being raised by your grandparents. Of course, you have lots of emotions about all of this – sadness, fear, confusion, anger, relief, feeling torn between the adults in your life. But what people see is your behavior.
You have wrapped your parental head around this idea that maybe your adopted child actually has experienced trauma. Next you realize that perhaps their night-waking and meltdowns could be about that early mistreatment. Let us explore the areas that seem to be most effected in their brains that truly impacts their everyday lives. This translates to how you child acts socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.