Post Adoption Peculiar Behaviors

Post Adoption Peculiar Behaviors I have heard that many Institutionalized children exhibit many peculiar behaviors shortly after arriving home. Can you described some of these behaviors and what does a new adoptive parent need to do to help over come these behaviors? Many peculiar behaviors can be observed immediately post-adoption in many internationally adopted children. […]

ADHD and Early Trauma: Adopted vs Non-Adopted

ADHD and Early Trauma: Adopted vs Non-Adopted If ADHD characteristic behaviors are resulting from early trauma, how is recommended treatment different than that for children living with their birth family and ADHD? The incidence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is higher among adoptive children (see http://www.aaets.org/adoptarticle7.htm). Therefore, it would be difficult to substantiate that a […]

What Should I Know about Children whose Emotional Ages are Younger than their Chronological Ages 

What Should I Know about Children whose Emotional Ages are Younger than their Chronological Ages Children who are adopted typically develop with emotional ages that are significantly younger than their chronological counterparts.  The reason for this comes as a direct result from being in hospitals and/or orphanages where the caregiver to child ratio is usually […]

What Developmental Information do Early Intervention Evaluations Provide? 

What Developmental Information do Early Intervention Evaluations Provide? Written by:  Lilya Popovetsky, MA Early Childhood Special Education, SDA, CAS Early Intervention for children ages birth to three years old offers families free developmental evaluations, and therapeutic services to children who are found to be eligible.  Developmental evaluations assess all areas of development:  cognitive, social-emotional, physical […]

Early Intervention Process:  What should I Expect? 

Early Intervention Process:  What should I Expect? Written by: Lilya Popovetsky, MA Special Education, CAS, SDA The process of receiving an Early Intervention (EI) Evaluation for children birth to three years old consists of four steps. They are as follows: 1. Refer your child.  2.  Meet with your initial service coordinator (ISC). 3. Initial evaluation […]

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) in adopted children

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is the result of several interruptions that occur during the formative period of a child’s development. Their ability to “attach”, trust others and relate to primary caregivers is negatively affected. A child’s ability to bond with or “attach to” others is greatly determined by what happens between the infant and caregiver […]