Food Anxiety

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
FOOD ANXIETY Most of us eat at least three meals a day but if you are like me, there are multiple snacks in between.  That’s a lot of time spent eating!  One of my favorite times of day is dinner time, but when you have a child with food anxiety, dinner time can turn into
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Sleep

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
SLEEP Sleepless in Seattle?  Birmingham?  Charleston?  San Antonio?   Sleep disturbances are one of the most common challenges for a child transitioning to a new home.  Causes for sleep disturbances can include: the many new exciting experiences and stimulation they have during the day that make it difficult to transition to rest, feelings of grief and
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Making Sense of Senses

January 3, 2019 Justin Walters
* What to look for: o What sensory experiences does your child seek out? o What sensory experiences does your child avoid? o Where does your child struggle? A Child Can Be: * Over-responsive * Under-responsive * Sensory-craving * Over-Responsive o This person is hypersensitive or hyper-alert to sensory input. o They may be a
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Responding to Severe Behaviors

January 3, 2019 Justin Walters
* Lifeline is not certified to teach skills in TBRI Level 4: Protective Engagement. * Protective engagement refers to restrictive techniques such as restraining used to deescalate situations and keep children physically safe. * We do however want to give you tips on how to respond when your child is in “crisis mode”: o First
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Older Children & Tools for Discipline

January 3, 2019 Justin Walters
Older Children & Tools for Discipline Be a Role Model: * As parents, we must demonstrate or model what we want our children to do, especially when they do not have language to communicate with us initially. * They are much more likely to do what you do, not what you say. Provide Alternatives for
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Shaping Phrases

January 3, 2019 Justin Walters
Shaping Phrases Shaping phrases are short little scripts that focus on telling your child what to do, rather than what not to do. They are a positive alternative to a long lecture and very helpful while the child is learning your language. Often times, we tell our kids “no” or “stop” but we do not
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Parenting: How to Deliver a Consequence

February 16, 2018 rachelmiley
These discussions of trauma and attachment can, at times, leave a parent feeling paralyzed in how to respond to misbehavior for fear they will cause further damage and trauma...As we provide discipline, (training that corrects, molds, and encourages moral character) rather than punishment (which can be punitive and create fear in a child), we help that child find the secure foundation they need.
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Trauma in the Classroom

October 14, 2016 international
What is the difference between willful defiance and a trauma reaction? Children who have experienced relational or circumstantial trauma can express themselves in ways that are typically regarded as defiant misbehavior. Their minds, however, are often reacting to how their bodies have been programmed to deal with unpleasant situations, particularly responding out of fear. In
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Stranger Anxiety in Adoption

February 26, 2016 austinhardison
The process of development of stranger anxiety will occur over time and at different stages.  Think of newborn babies who do not have any fear of people; over time they develop a bond with mom and dad and the desire to stay with them rather than be passed around or left with a stranger.  This
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Transitions

February 26, 2016 lifeline
Due to a child’s life being very chaotic or overly structured before adoption, he/she may have a difficult time managing transitions or change. The smallest change in their environment may be overwhelming. Making the child’s life more predictable and alerting the child of upcoming events/ changes/transitions will help him/her feel more comfortable. If language is
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Challenging Behaviors

February 26, 2016 lifeline
Remember where your child is coming from and to expect many challenging behaviors. Remember your child’s chronological age versus the developmental age. Discipline: Use positive scripting to verbalize what you want to see out of your child’s behaviors rather than using negative language regarding what you do not want to see. Limit using the word
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Food/Eating Issues

February 26, 2016 lifeline
Children may come to our homes with many challenges surrounding food. Children may have spent time wondering when they would get to eat their next meal or may have fought other children for food. These are some helpful reminders that might help: Have consistent meal times. Make meal times calm experiences, not hasty. Remember that
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