Neurofeedback for Beginners: Getting Help for your Teens

Oct 20, 2022

What is Neurofeedback? Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Neurofeedback, is one of the most powerful upcoming tools for therapeutic intervention. It is a type of “learning that uses special devices to provide instant feedback when the desired mental state is achieved. The computer-driven feedback may be auditory, visual, or tactile. (Demos).” As a form of…

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Signs of Attachment Disorders in Adopted Teenagers

Oct 19, 2022

As an adoptive parent, you may be aware of the possibility of attachment disorders and how they can impact your child’s development. However, you may not know how to recognize the signs that an adolescent or teenager has an untreated or undisclosed attachment disorder. The symptoms and side effects are not always intuitive. If you…

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Sexual Health Risks for Teenage Girls in Foster Care

Oct 15, 2022

Foster care can provide a supportive environment for children who may have lived through adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). However, adolescents in foster care have a high chance of developing behavioral issues such as unsafe sexual practices. Foster children have an “increased risk for health-risking behaviors, including substance use, delinquency, depression, suicidality, and sexual behavior.” Interventions…

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The Impact of Early Childhood Trauma on Adopted Girls

Oct 12, 2022

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including neglect, abuse, and sexual assault, can cause trauma responses to surface later in life. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), “Traumatic experiences can profoundly affect development and functioning across the lifespan, including how children experience relationships and display mental health symptoms.” You can protect your adopted…

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Sexual Assault, Shame, and Attachment Disorders in Girls

Oct 8, 2022

Teenage girls have the highest risk of sexual abuse and assault of any population group. Unfortunately, in most cases, the crimes against them go unreported. Girls with untreated sexual trauma have a higher risk of developing substance use disorder (SUD) or mental health issues. Some girls never get treatment because they do not report the…

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Helping Your Adopted Daughter Through Puberty Without Shame

Oct 5, 2022

Every parent has to decide when to talk with their adopted daughter about the physical changes that take place during puberty. Adopted teenagers with a history of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) might have no experience with or knowledge of these types of conversations. Your daughter might feel ashamed or embarrassed about how her body and…

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Why Havenwood Academy Focuses on Academics During Treatment

Sep 28, 2022

Academics may not seem like an essential part of a teenager’s life when they are struggling with mental health or behavioral issues. At Havenwood Academy, we believe getting help in school is a big part of the healing process and make educational success a vital part of our curriculum and treatment. We believe school does…

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Why Parents Should Go to Therapy

Sep 25, 2022

When your child or family is struggling, you may run yourself ragged trying to find help for them. Taking a step back and getting help for yourself is crucial to the health of the family dynamic. Therapy for you, as a parent, can be helpful in many ways. Not only do you need to take…

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Reactive Attachment Disorder in Teens

Sep 22, 2022

Reactive Attachment Disorder is a condition where someone struggles to make emotional connections with others due to the lack of secure attachments with adult caregivers during childhood. Many teenagers who are diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) may have experienced foster care, adoption, or extreme patterns of instability throughout childhood. Havenwood Academy specializes in treating…

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