Children who are adopted have unique needs rooted in the lack of a healthy, consistent parent-child relationship. Due to the instability in their past, they never learned what it means to have a loving parent. They never learned how to form a meaningful relationship with a caregiver.
Daniel Hughes, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect. He developed an attachment-focused treatment after not having much
success helping these children with traditional approaches. Attachment, on a larger scale, can refer to a person’s global capacity to form relationships. On a smaller scale, it refers to the emotional glue (strong or weak) comprising a particular relationship. You may be experiencing challenges with your child because they have difficulties forming a secure attachment with you.
Dan Hughes has written many books and has helped many families who had no where else to turn. One helpful guide is his 27 Ss for Attachment. These Ss are approaches and tools that help set our kiddos up for success.
Sense of Humor
Self Care (for mom and dad)
How will you apply the positive Ss? What has your experience been with the above?