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On the last track, we discussed Suggestions Seven, Eight and Nine. These have included Not Imposing Value Judgments on the Information, Giving the Child Control of the Story, the "Summary Story" Technique and Remembering that the Child Probably Knows More than You Think.
Do you have a parent whose child has had a confusing past, moving from one home to another? How does the parent help the child cope?
On this track, we will discuss the Life-book Technique. This will include Recreating a Life History, Giving Information About the Birth Family, Giving Reasons for Placement, Providing Photos, Recording the Child’s Feelings and Giving the Child Information About Development. As you listen, think of your client. Might he or she benefit from trying this technique?
A Life-book records a child’s family and placement history. It is a tool that gathers information about a child’s growth and development, feelings, ideas, hopes and dreams for the future. I have found that the Life-book Technique can be useful for many adopted children, whether placed as infants or older children, and I have also found it helpful at all stages of child development. The Life-book record can be a vital resource in helping a child to understand the past and prepare for the future. Constructing a Life Book together can also help bring the adoptive family closer.
#1 - Recreating Life History
These painful feelings weave a common thread throughout the lives of older adopted children. For children whose memories of former relationships are only vague in their minds, themes frequently recur during the healing process. Have you found, as I have, that an accurate record of the past can help adopted children look forward to the future?
#2 - Giving Information About the Birth Family
The reason why I feel researching to alleviate a lack of information is vital is because, I have found that youngsters who have no information make it up, and usually fantasies are negative, such as believing that the birth parents found the child so horrible that they gave him or her up. Some children only have negative information about their parents from which to construct their own identities. Would you agree that children can benefit from both positive and negative details about their birth families?
#3 - Giving Reasons for Placement
#4 - Providing Photos
#5 - Recording the Child’s Feelings
#6 - Giving the Child Information About Development
Do you have an adoptive or foster parent whose child might benefit from a Life-book? Might he or she benefit from hearing this track?
On this track, we have discussed The Life-book Technique. This has included Recreating Life History, Giving Information About the Birth Family, Giving Reasons for Placement, Providing Photos, Recording the Child’s Feelings and Giving the Child Information About Development.
On the next track, we will discuss Sharing About Abandonment. This will include Preschool Age, Early Elementary Age, From a Single Mother, From a Large Family, Middle School Age, Preteen and the "Homeland Tour" Technique.
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