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  Unit 1. What will I learn in this course?
  • Brief outline of this course and its teaching methods
  • Your instructor
  • The text book for this course
  • New vocabulary and concepts
  Unit 2. Is international adoption for me?
  • Typical questions of a perspective parent
  • What challenges a parent most: the child that rejects nurturing
  • Levels of challenging behaviors
  • Challenging factors parents cannot change
  • A parent's responsibility to a child
  • Families that do well with challenging children
  • What a parent can change
  Unit 3. What is international adoption like for a child?
  • Dropped in the middle of nowhere
  • The world turned up-side-down
  • Forced immersion
  • The four questions every child wants answered - immediately and repeatedly
  • Behavior as communication
  • Coping with the new reality via delayed reactions
  • Coping behaviors - recovery from immersion
  • Parental responses to a child's coping behaviors
  • Child's feelings behind different coping behaviors
  • Overstimulation
  • Reducing stimulation
  • Risky behavior
  Unit 4. What do I need to know about my child's past?
  • What is a complex background?
  • The generic adoption story
  • Why do I need to know about my child's past?
  Unit 5. Do we really need to know all these details about development?
  • Ordinary parenting is not enough
  • Recognizing and seeking mom
  • Sensory integration
  • Regulation of baby's emotions, behavior and physiology
  • The first form of play and communication
  Unit 6. How does a complex background alter a child's development?
  • Relational trauma and survival behavior
  • Being neglected and out of control
  • The stress-shaped brain
  • The body bears the burden for the stress-shaped brain
  • Anniversary reactions
  • Regulation challenges
  • Connection challenges
  Unit 7. Responding to challenging behavior of your child
  • Case study 1: Nine months Jenny (Warm Rock)
  • Case study 2: Sixteen months Lorna (Stunned Rag Doll)
  • Case study 3: Twenty four months Jessie (Dizzy Performer)
  • Case study 4: Thirty months Franny (Dizzy Performer)
  • Case study 5: Thirty six months Robbie (Royal Boss)
  • Case study 6: Forty eight months Yao (Unwilling Guest)
  • Case study 7: Using words to describe feelings (Warm Rock)
  • Case study 8: Separation anxiety and school refusal
  • Case study 9: An oppositional six year old (Royal Boss)
  • Case study 10: Depressed seven year old (Warm Rock)
  • Case study 11: An eight year old who runs away from parents (Dizzy Performer)
  • Case study 12: The nine year old bully (An Older Version of the Royal Boss)
  • Case study 13: Stealing and lying ten year old (Unwilling Guest)
  Unit 8. Understanding and building attachment
  • How do I know if my child has an attachment problem?
  • Parent recognition - teaching your child to recognize you as special and different from others
  • Parent proximity - teaching your child to stay close to you, checking in with you
  • Co-regulation - teaching your child to use you to soothe and calm under stress
  • Shared attention - teaching your child to pay attention to you and make eye contact
  • Having fun together - releasing the feel-good chemicals for both of you
  • Repair of disconnection - reconnecting with your child when "togetherness" is lost


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