Congratulations to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families!
In June, we held our first ever Trust-Based Relational Intervention® family camp for kids and their parents! Children were matched with volunteer buddies, who were by their side throughout the three-day camp. Adoptees engaged in a structured daily schedule that included nurture, movement, art and sensory time, while parents were taught Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) parenting principles by adoption-competent clinicians. The highlight for both children and parents was the equine therapy time each day, which gave them a chance to practice TBRI principles with the horses!
The answer lies in simply “being with.”
Parents are on the front lines for developing self-worth in their children. And yet, the power and importance of a parent’s connectedness to their child is often underestimated. According to attachment gurus like Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Bruce Perry, secure attachments are instrumental in building self-esteem and worth. Conveying to your child that she is precious, giving her a voice, and sharing fun experiences with her are just the beginning of creating a foundation for self-esteem. It is important to understand that as children develop, they will continue to test parents. But what they desperately need is a safe adult who will be attuned to their needs and emotionally present for them.
One of the most common struggles parents face is playing with their children. For some, it just doesn’t come natural to be playful with kids. Often, we are too heavy on structure or correction because it’s what we think our kids need. But what if it were possible to teach our kids certain needed skills WHILE playing and having fun with them?
All of the activities below will meet your kids’ needs in some capacity. They will also help break up those long, dreaded indoor days!
“Stick Together.” “No hurts.” “Have fun” (Theraplay ®). These are three very simple phrases that guide our Kids’ Connection Group at Holt-Sunny Ridge. In July and August of 2016, eight adopted children, ages 7-11, gathered once a week for five weeks to connect, learn and have fun. The group is founded on six main components: Rules, Check-in, Band-Aids, Activity, Feeding and Closing. These concepts are adapted from both Theraplay ® and Trust-Based Relational Intervention ®. The concepts help children learn skills that meaningful relationships are built upon: the ability to give care, the ability to seek and receive care, the ability to practice autonomy and the ability to negotiate needs.
One of the things parents can easily miss in raising their children of color is racism. Children of color experience it much earlier than we might think. The curious preschooler often experiences differences among each other as a novelty, something to celebrate. Somewhere around age 5 or 6, however, celebration can turn to taunting. Every day, the media bombards us with confrontations over race, religion, orientation and other polarizing differences. These events may seem very distant from your neighborhood, but smaller confrontations are happening every day right in your community.
These smaller confrontations have a name: microaggressions.
We are dedicated to supporting our Holt-Sunny Ridge families for life — through every age and stage. And recently, we’ve heard a lot of you ask for a program especially for your tween-aged kids…
So we are very excited to announce a brand new Tween Adoptee Group at Holt-Sunny Ridge!
Starting on December 13, we invite all 11 to 14-year-olds to come together for a fun, interactive time that focuses on building self worth. The group will be led by Carly Schrimpl, LCSW, and will take place from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at our office in Bolingbrook the second Tuesday of each month. While tweens meet, parents can also meet together at our office.
Click here to register for the first Tween Adoptee Group on December 13! The cost is $20 per child, and space is limited.
If you have any questions, please contact Pam Shepard, our supervisor of clinical services, at email@example.com or 630-754-4523.
We hope to see you there!