The average age for the children in foster care was 9.7 years. Average length of stay in foster care was 27.2 months. The largest percentage of children (47 percent) were in a nonrelative foster family home. Forty-nine percent had a case goal of reunification. 123,000 were awaiting adoption, down from 132,000 in FY 2007. (Children's Bureau AFCARS report, Fiscal Year 2008)
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It's true for every person - not enough stimulation and you can't pay attention, too much and you can't concentrate.
Children are no different. When they feel overwhelmed by sensory input, they may be prone to emotional outbursts. When under stimulated, on the other hand, they may be drawn to behavior that seems off the wall.
For adopted children who may have had a tougher start in life, it is very common for their ability to process incoming sensory data to become all muddled. This can add another layer of complexity for them and you to figure out.
It can make for challenging moments to be a parent and hard to know what to do to help.
Join Clinical Pediatric Psychologist Dan Griffith, Ph.D as he uses real life examples to help you:
Download Dr. Dan Griffith's presentation on sensory integration and self-regulation.