"Human babies are born utterly helpless. If a baby is not claimed by the community into which it is born it will die. So all children who survive were claimed by someone as babies. The question is therefore not about whether or not a baby was claimed, but it is about the quality of the claiming. What impact did the first experiences of life have on the developing brain of this child?”
AC Education - Attachment and Loss Course 2014
- Studies show that babies seek their adult for stress regulation and soothing.
- The ability to regulate stress is developed through attachment relationships and so children and young people whose infant attachment needs were not met cannot regulate stress.
- Unregulated stress leads to changes in blood supply to key areas of the brain, damaging the brain permanently.
However it is possible for traumatised children to recover.
Most who chose to adopt, will find that the child may act in a challenging way...whether they are withdrawn and reluctant to integrate into the family unit, or they feel the need to control everything around them, or are generally disruptive within the household, pushing boundaries to challenge rejection. These behaviors stem from the scars of attachment based trauma.
To enable you to understand and address these issues and offer the right kind of support to the child, we offer our Attachment and Loss Short Course which has become an invaluable resource to Adoption Teams within Local Authorities across the UK and Ireland.
For further details on this and all our extensive training programmes please contact AC Education.