The Importance of Sleep to Your Child’s Learning and Growth

The Importance of Sleep to Your Child’s Learning and Growth

By Aurora
By Ellie Porter We all need sleep. There’s no arguing that. For children, sleep plays a vital role in their proper physical and mental growth and development. However, many foster and adoptive children have trouble falling and staying asleep. In their experience, nighttime has often been a scary time that’s full of unknowns. With sleep as a priority, you’ll be setting your child up for better long-term health and happiness. Proper Growth Your child does most of his growing while he sleeps. The body goes through five sleep stages throughout the night, and it’s during the first of the deep sleep stages that the body releases human growth hormone. It’s released regularly throughout the night to stimulate bone, muscle, and organ growth. When your child doesn’t get enough sleep, he’s also getting less growth hormone, which, over a long period of time, can interfere with normal growth. Successful Social Relationships

The Basics of Reactive Attachment Disorder

Dealing with RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) as an adoptive parent is no easy task, and understanding it is just as difficult. The chart above says it all. RAD goes beyond any other severe disorder. So let me break it down for you; RAD may be described as followed: – The inability to form a close bond, even over a long period of time; – Difficulty in showing or receiving affection; – Difficulty in making friends; and – Often results in bitterness and/or rage towards caregiver(s). So I wouldn’t say it is as much of an inability, but it is rather a struggle for these children to build a close bond with their caregivers. There is still hope, though. Nothing is impossible. So what becomes of RAD? What causes it? I like to describe it as a “Disturbed Attachment Cycle.” When a child is in an abusive home, is not fed,

The Academic Achievement Gap of Foster Children

It is common for foster and adopted children to struggle academically. In fact, it is almost expected. This should be no surprise to any experienced social worker or foster parent.In the U.S., nearly every foster child receives an Individualized Education Program (IEP) at school. An IEP is a program designed to improve a child’s academics through additional special services. For a lot of new foster/adoption parents, the term “special,” when it comes to education, is unsettling. When I first became a Family Adoption Specialist here at A Family For Every Child I associated IEP with learning disabilities. While conducting my first few child searches, I noticed that the majority of children in the foster care system have an IEP. This confused me. I thought, “Is there some psychological factor behind foster children and learning disabilities?; there is obviously a correlation between the two.” So I dug in a little deeper