Parenting Adopted Children with Challenging Behavior
Sometime adopted children will have experienced abuse, neglect, trauma, or prenatal exposure to alcohol or drugs, all of which can influence how a child behaves. Adoptive parents are faced with understanding what causes their child to behave the way she does and what they can do to help her cope.
Creating a Family has many resources on parenting adopted children with challenging behavior. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:
- Parenting Toolkit for Harder to Parent Kids (1 hr radio interview with Allison Douglas, Family Advocate at Harmony Family Center in Knoxville, TN. She and her husband have adopted 4 children via foster care. Also interviewed is Sue Badeau, President of the North American Council on Adoptable Children and adoptive mom of 22 children)
- Parenting Techniques to Prevent Adoption Failures (1 hr radio interview with Dr. Richard Barth, Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and a prodigious adoption researcher and author.
- Understanding Childhood Psychiatric Disorders (1 hr radio interview with Dr. Joshua Sparrow, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School)
- The Out of Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing (1 hr radio interview with author Carol Stock Kranowitz)
- Suggested Books on Parenting & Child Development and ADD & Learning Differences for Adoptive Parents
Many more Creating a Family radio interviews with experts, videos, blogs, fact sheets, and Q and A’s with Experts on parenting challenging kids can be found at the icons below.Image credit: Sherri