Supporting adopted children in school

Children who are adopted have often suffered a great deal of loss and trauma in their lives.  Adopted children often act in a much younger way than their chronological age. There can be noticeable gaps in their emotional and social development which creates challenges at nursery and school.  

Children with attachment difficulties may expect to fail, so opportunities for success need to be created so children's self-esteem can be improved.  Rewards often need to be more immediate and invividual.  Learning to wait for a class reward can be both frustrating and demoralising.

Teachers and staff in schools need a greater understanding of the reasons behind certain behaviours and how they can support adopted pupils to reach their potential.

Most parents are only too happy to share their child's adoption story.  Having an awareness of what can trigger an emotional response can help avoid upsetting, frightening or stressful situations.


Why the contribution is important

If adopted children are to reach their potential they need to feel safe and secure at school.  A child's needs can be met most effectively if all those working with a child work collaboratively, sharing ideas and knowledge.  Adopted children do have additional support needs and would be better supported if teachers and school staff had a greater understanding of those specific needs.

by Ali1802 on December 04, 2016 at 08:32PM

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