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New Foundations of Parenting an Adopted Child


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Dr. Patti M. Zordich presents foundations for helping parents of adopted children who have been harmed by their orphan and/or their foster experience.

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New Foundations of Parenting an Adopted Child

  1. 1. New Foundations for Parenting an Orphaned Child Presented by Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D., Author of Gotcha! Welcoming Your Adopted Child Home © Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D., [email_address] , NewAdoptionResources. com
  2. 2. Expectations that needs will be met Trust & Security How to Build a Secure Attachment c Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D. ©Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D. Attachment System Activated Sensitive & Responsive Parenting Attachment Behaviors: Proximity/contact Attachment System De-activated (until next stressor) Stress
  3. 3. Creating Corrective Attachment Experiences Social Control Nurturing ©Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D. © Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D. Behavior Relaxation Need Intervention
  4. 4. Continuum of Adaptive Response to Threat Perry, B.D., et. al. (1995). Childhood trauma, the neurobiology of adaptation, and "use-dependent" development of the brain: How "states" become "traits. Infant Mental Health Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4, Winter 1995. Sense of Time Extended Future Days Hours Hours Minutes Minutes Seconds No Sense Of Time Arousal Continuum REST VIGILANCE RESISTANCE Crying DEFIANCE Tantrums AGGRESSION Dissociative Continuum REST AVOIDANCE COMPLIANCE Robotic DISSOCIATION Fetal Rocking FAINTING NEOCORTEX Cortex Regulating Brain Region CORTEX Limbic LIMBIC Midbrain MIDBRAIN Brainstem BRAINSTEM Autonomic Cognitive Style ABSTRACT CONCRETE EMOTIONAL REACTIVE REFLECTIVE Internal State CALM AROUSAL ALARM FEAR TERROR
  5. 5. Early Relational Trauma Therapy Safety Loving & Empathic Environment Relationship Building Self- Identity Development Healing Trauma Mourn Losses <ul><li>Affect </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Identification </li></ul><ul><li>Tolerance </li></ul><ul><li>Modulation </li></ul>Behavior Mastery Consolidation Based on James, B. (1994) Handbook for assessment of attachment-trauma problems in children. Lexington, MA Lexington Books