Therapist’s Quick Guide to Working with Children Who are Newly Adopted

I am an adoptive mother of a beautiful, goofy girl from China. I am also a pediatric occupational therapist. Before experiencing adoption personally, I would have said that I was competent as an occupational therapist at working with children who were adopted. I knew the developmental concerns related to adoption, for example the potential sensory, motor, language, feeding, social, and emotional...
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Now What? What parents, teachers, and therapists can do to help build executive functioning and self-regulation skills in everyday life.

This post covers how executive function and self-regulation skills develop, key parenting strategies, and specific activities to help children develop stronger skills. This was Part 4 of a series on international adoption, to view the other posts in this series: Part 1: The Developmental Science Part 2: Brains and Stress Part 3: Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation Part 4: Now What? What...
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How the developing brain of a child who was internationally adopted may differ from a typical child’s brain and what interventions might help? Part 3: Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation

How the developing brain of a child who was internationally adopted may differ from a typical child’s brain and what interventions might help? Part 3: Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation This is part 3/4 in this series of blog post. Part 1: The Developmental Science Part 2: Brains and Stress Part 3: Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation Part 4: Now What? What parents, teachers, and...
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Guest post at Children’s Home Society!

Check out my guest post on the Top 5 Ways to Prepare for Bringing Home an Adoptive Child with Medical or Special Needs. Visit the link above for the full post, but a quick summary below: Life with a child with medical or special needs takes extra time, energy, and knowledge.  There is a steep learning curve in dealing with the medical, educational, and health insurance systems… Here are...
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How the developing brain of a child who was internationally adopted may differ from a typical child’s brain and what interventions might help? Part 2: Brains and Stress

How might the developing brain of a child who was internationally adopted differ from a typical child’s brain and what interventions might help? Part 2: Brains and Stress This is part 2/4 in this series of blog posts. Part 1: The Developmental Science Part 2: Brains and Stress Part 3: Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation Part 4: Now What? What parents, teachers, and therapists can do to...
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How the developing brain of a child who was internationally adopted may differ from a typical child’s brain and what interventions might help? Part 1: The Developmental Science

How might the developing brain of a child who was internationally adopted differ from a typical child’s brain and what interventions might help? Part 1: The Developmental Science This is part 1/4 in this series of blog posts. Part 1: The Developmental Science Part 2: Brains and Stress Part 3: Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation Part 4: Now What? What parents, teachers, and therapists can...
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