Some adopted children need a structured routine to feel that sense of security. They feel secure when they know what is happening in locations that feel familiar.
Children who have experienced early developmental trauma and loss can sometimes struggle outside of a routine.
They can struggle to remain regulated, calm and to be able to think things through.
Dr Bruce Perry, explains the child’s brain can become stuck in the ‘brainstem’. This means it can go into “fight, flight, freeze” response.
It may be best to encourage your child to move from high anxiety states, to their calmer ‘thinking brain’.
There are a few activities to use as “Brainstem calming” techniques.
These techniques use repetitive, rhythmic activities, supported by a trusted adult. This will help a child to move from the brainstem (survival mode) to their “thinking brain”.
The best way to use these activities is to weave them into the child’s daily routine. So they have them little and often, every day.
Brainstem Calming Activities
Every child is individual and will respond to different activities.
There is a wealth of ideas online for sensory regulation strategies, but we hope these help.