(Taken from the Adoption Glossary)
Post-Institutionalized Child: Children adopted from institutional, hospital, or orphanage settings. The term is used to describe an array of emotional and psychological disturbances, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and/or medical problems resulting, in part, from their stay in... [more
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Talk with other adoptive parents Find out what issues they deal with, what parenting methods they use, what works and doesn’t work. Offer to do respite for them, or to be a mentor for their child. If you tell the families that you are going through the adoption process, they are usually... Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Early Brain Development
"Our brains are sculpted by our early experiences. Maltreatment is a chisel that shapes a brain to contend with strife, but at the cost of deep, enduring wounds." --Teicher, 2000, p.67 In recent years, there has been a surge of research into early brain development. As recently as the... Adoption Related Newsletters, Magazines and Journals
Adoption Related Newsletters and Magazines/Journals (5/02) Some of the links on this page will open new windows to external Web sites. To return to NAIC's Web site, close the new window. NEWSLETTERS AACAP News American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 3615 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington,... Organizations that Provide Adoption Information and Referral
A K.I.D.S. (Knowledge and Information on Down Syndrome) Exchange (A.K.I.D.S.) 3 Meeting House Lane Rye Brook, NY 10573 (914) 690-0092 E-mail: angel2U123@aol.com Website: http://www.thomtech.com/~ati/caf.htm Adopt America Network 1025 North Reynolds Road Toledo, OH 43615 (419) 534-3350 (419)...
In the Beginning…Let the Rages Begin
February 17, 2008, 12:19 pm
I was so unprepared for what lie ahead with parenting LuLu. I knew nothing about post-institutionalized children. And there was no one telling me. Our adoption agency did nothing to prepare me (except supply me with a reading list). I clearly remember the only book that hinted at attachment... Does Trauma Cause a Smaller Horse In Your Brain?
February 27, 2008, 8:01 am
The hippocampus is part of the brain’s limbic system, the place where emotions are regulated. The hippocampus is believed to be involved in the formation of memories from experienced events…perhaps moving them from the emotionality of the rest of the limbic system into the temporal lobes (where... What is Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)?
September 24, 2007, 6:37 am
CAPD is a neurologically-based disorder where the brain’s ability to correctly process auditory stimuli is impaired. While children with CAPD may have impaired hearing, many do not. It is much more difficult to identify than actual hearing loss, and is often confused with ADHD or other...