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Searching to be Found: Understanding and Helping Adopted and Looked After Children with Attention Difficulties

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Many adoptive parents and foster carers feel they have children in their care who have attention difficulties. They wonder about the relationship between being in care/adopted and having an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. They are confused about how they can best manage the behaviors of these difficult to live with children. Teachers too are concerned about how to handle such distracted and behaviorally demanding students. Both adoption/being in care and attention difficulties are still widely ...
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Searching to be Found: Understanding and Helping Adopted and Looked After Children with Attention Difficulties

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Overview

Many adoptive parents and foster carers feel they have children in their care who have attention difficulties. They wonder about the relationship between being in care/adopted and having an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. They are confused about how they can best manage the behaviors of these difficult to live with children. Teachers too are concerned about how to handle such distracted and behaviorally demanding students. Both adoption/being in care and attention difficulties are still widely misunderstood by parents, schools and even social workers and therapists.

Searching To Be Found is about children who are adopted or looked after and who present with attention disorder and behavioral difficulties. It differentiates itself from other ADHD/ADD books because its premise is that understanding more about adoption/being in care, about attention deficits, and about brain development will help adults to become more attuned to why these children may be behaving the way they do. In turn, this awareness will enable the adults to devise more effective and sensitive approaches for helping children to manage both their attention disorder and their behavior.

This is not a book about jargon, labels, formulae or answers. It is a book about learning how to understand and to help children and their families, teachers, therapists, relatives and neighbors live a more compatible and compassionate life together by implementing individualized, down-to-earth, research based knowledge and management techniques.

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"How to better understand and help adopted and foster children with attention disorders and behavioral difficulties."

"Searching to Be Found is essential reading for the adults involved with adopted/looked after children. This book offers the context for parents’ and teachers’ decision-making. It focuses on coping with the process of caring for these children over time, noting the predictable nature of set-backs and crises. Dr Comfort does not sugar-coat the difficulties. She helps the carer see that despite setbacks in the short term, they and their children can achieve balance in the long term.”

“Children who are fostered or adopted often face severe difficulties at school. Their attainment usually falls far below their ability and their behaviour can be baffling and frustrating to teachers and carers, but few of the books about attachment problems and attention deficit disorders are of much help to those who come into daily contact with these children and whose task is to care for and educate them. Dr Randy Comfort is uniquely qualified to provide both theoretical understanding and practical strategies from her long experience as a psychologist and director of "Our Place", the pioneering centre in Bristol for families who foster or adopt. She writes about real children, interpreting their behaviour from their own point of view and showing how they have been helped. Foster carers, adoptive parents and teachers who struggle to understand and cope with children whose unhappiness takes the form of hyperactivity and inability to focus on learning will find this book an invaluable resource.”

”Living and working with children and young people who find it difficult to self-regulate is a great challenge to parents and professionals. Dr Comfort draws from her extensive knowledge and her many years experience of supporting adoptive and foster families to produce a book that will help anyone facing these challenges. She offers explanations and addresses key issues in living and working with the children. This book will provide support, guidance and hope to parents who often feel exhausted and despairing under the relentless pressure of life with a child with difficulties of attention and arousal. And it will inform and enhance the work of the professionals who support children and families, including social workers, foster carers, teachers and health professionals.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855754645
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Lee Comfort obtained a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Denver. She has worked for over 35 years in the fields of family counselling, learning disorders, and adoption and fostering and is the mother of both biological and adopted children. She moved to Bristol, England, where, in 1998, she opened Our Place: a Centre for Families who Foster and Adopt. In addition to running Our Place, she continues to lecture internationally on the topics of learning disorders and adoption/fostering. She is the author of The Unconventional Child, Teaching the Unconventional Child, The Child Care Catalog, numerous journal articles, and chapters in edited books. Since the late 1980s, she has taught teachers and social workers about attention deficit disorders, adoption/fostering issues, and social dysfunctions.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; About the Author; Preface; 1) The Adopted / Looked After Child with Attention Difficulties; 2) Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Early Brain Development and the Consequences for ADHA / ADD and Adopted / Looked After Children; 3) The ADHD / ADD Adopted / Looked After Child at Home and in the Community; 4) The ADHD / ADD Adopted / Looked After Child at School; 5) Social Development in the ADHD / ADD Adopted / Looked After Child; 6) Conclusions; Appendix I: Characteristics of Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder; Appendix II: ADHD / ADD Adults who are Adopted or Who Grew Up in Care; Appendix III: Helpful Suggestions for Teachers and Parents / Carers; Appendix IV: Resources; References; Index.
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