Sunday, 20 November 2016

NEW TV DOCUMENTARY: “Kids on the Edge | Last Chance School”


After adopting a sibling group of three boys 6 years ago, then age 4, 5 and 6, our journey has been challenging and rewarding. Our oldest son was diagnosed with Severe Attachment Disorder and at the age of 9 our local primary school wasn’t able to manage his challenging behaviour. This was a very difficult time for us as a family. We were first able to see the "light in the tunnel" when he started at a specialist school, Gloucester House Day Unit, part of Tavistock Portman NHS. At this school he was able to access intensive psychotherapy and group therapy in addition to education.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Adoption: Transition from a specialist school to a mainstream



Earlier on this week I attended a school meeting at my
oldest son's secondary school. In the vlog I created on that day, I share the
positive transition from a specialist school (Gloucester House, part of
Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust) he attended for 3.5 years to a mainstream
secondary school.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Adoption Challenges to a Bright Future | Pappa Stig

Challenges with adoption and the way to brighter future

Earlier on this week my son was coming home from school with the book “Captain Underpants”. He had spotted the information about the author Dav Pilkey in the back of the book: "When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he suffered from ADHD, dyslexia and behaviour problems”.  My oldest son felt that he could relate to the author.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Adoption: Why Does My Child Steal Food?


How would you react if you didn't know when you were getting food next? I believe most of us can understand that this would have been a difficult position to be in, but very hard to 100% understand if you haven’t been in the situation.
Our three children lived their first years not knowing when their next meal was going to be served. “I can remember when I climbed up on the kitchen bench to get some food for my two other brothers. I thought it was a tin of food, but when I was able to open it I got paint all over me and the kitchen” my oldest son told me. They can remember that they sometimes got a bar of chocolate for dinner. Normally they didn't have any food in the cupboards and in the fridge. Other times their birth parents were not able to remember their basic needs, as they were too busy with their own unhealthy lifestyle.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Behaviour

In this post you will find an overview of all the posts and vlogs I have made about behaviour. I hope you will find our learnings and parenting ideas helpful.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Adoption: Preparation Before Placement




As soon as we started the matching process back in 2010, we started the preparations to increase our family from two to five. My husband and I spent time to understand the needs of our three children to be, to be able to select the right school and nursery. We also prepared their bedrooms.

As part of the preparations for the boys, we created a book for them each that included pictures of us, our family, their bedrooms, school and surroundings. In addition we created a video.

In this vlog I'm sharing our preparations before placement.