I have been a UKCP registered psychotherapist and adoption specialist since 2011. I support parents, bringing my knowledge of attachment theory as a way of understanding their particular child and the connection between them. Being particularly informed by Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Theraplay, two mutually symbiotic attachment therapies. Supporting your adoptive child going back to school can bring many challenges. Both for them as well as you and the rest of your family.
As we slowly emerge from lockdown, I have been asked to offer my expertise to support adoptive children about their return to school in September.
My experience to date is that each adopted child has responded differently to lockdown. For some children, they have thrived away from the school routine and the adaptations and demands to fit in at school. With some, family connections have improved and shored up a greater sense of connection. For others, maintaining self-directed learning has asked too much of them and also of parents.
Typically, this period of year is commonly challenging for many adoptive kids reaching the end of year. For many adoptive kids, school is an incredibly supportive and structured environment. And looking into the wide vastness of empty space and a new year/school can be daunting. This year, I suggest supporting your kids especially with any school transitions.
Everyday Parenting with Security and Love by Kim Golding.
I am now offering online sessions via Zoom, Skype, Facetime and calls. Please contact me for more information.