Reactive Attachment Disorder in Adopted Teens

Nov 28, 2022

Many adopted teenagers struggle with trauma related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). According to StatPearls Publishing, an estimated one to two percent of children develop attachment-related issues like reactive attachment disorder (RAD). In many cases, this is caused by trauma or untreated mental health issues resulting from ACEs. If they experience poor mental health symptoms…

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Improving Your Foster Child’s Self-Esteem

Nov 25, 2022

Foster children face unique challenges throughout their childhood and young adulthood. In some cases, their early childhood experiences can interfere with the development of healthy self-esteem. Adolescents in the foster care system often experience one or more traumatic events in their lives or in the foster system. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including traumatic events, can…

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How Early Childhood Trauma Can Impact Your Child’s Sleep

Nov 21, 2022

Children who regularly do not get enough quality sleep can experience health and behavioral issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unhealthy sleep habits can cause “poor mental health, and problems with attention and behavior.” Havenwood Academy offers comprehensive treatment programs for teen girls struggling with mental health and behavioral issues…

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What Is Brainspotting and How Can It Treat Your Child’s Trauma?

Nov 18, 2022

Children who live through adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma often have difficulty coping with everyday stressors. Behavioral issues and other problems can sometimes develop as the child tries to find ways to manage emotional distress. Adopted and fostered children have a higher risk of experiencing early childhood trauma that affects their emotional development. Trauma-focused…

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Neurofeedback Therapy Can Decrease Your Adopted Child’s Anxiety

Nov 15, 2022

The brain controls and influences behaviors, thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Teenagers who exhibit behavioral issues or have difficulty managing certain mental health symptoms may benefit from neurofeedback therapy. According to BMC Psychiatry, in research studies, neurofeedback “improved attention, decreased hyperactivity, and increased academic and social skills.” Havenwood Academy uses evidence-based therapies like neurofeedback to provide…

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The Importance of Modeling Healthy Social Relationships and Boundaries

Nov 8, 2022

Children often look to caregivers for advice and imitate their behaviors. Adolescents and teens who do not have consistent parental guidance may have difficulty establishing healthy personal and social boundaries. Adopted and foster children have a higher risk of experiencing parental neglect. Behavioral and attachment issues like reactive attachment disorder (RAD) can develop if children…

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The Relationship Between Early Childhood Trauma and Behavioral Issues

Oct 29, 2022

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and early childhood trauma can significantly impact a child’s physical and emotional development. ACEs increase the risk of mental health disorders, making it essential that parents educate themselves about the possible side effects of early childhood trauma, how it can manifest in adolescence and young adulthood, and how to mitigate negative…

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Why Gender-Specific Mental Health Treatment Is Beneficial for Adopted Girls

Oct 25, 2022

Healthy peer support is an essential part of treatment for mental health issues. Adopted girls may have unique struggles, such as difficulty setting boundaries and creating bonds with peers. Gender-specific mental health treatment can benefit adopted girls because it provides them with a safe and structured space. The treatment programs at Havenwood Academy can give…

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Causes of Behavioral Issues in Adopted Teens

Oct 22, 2022

Adopted teenagers have a significant risk of developing disruptive behaviors that cause social, emotional, or relationship problems compared to non-adopted children. You might wonder if your adopted teen has issues that will ever heal or whether they will form a strong bond with family members. Many adoptive parents worry they are not doing enough to…

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