Offer pre-travel education, including strategies to connect with your adoptive child(ren) in country, maintain connections with your child(ren) remaining in your home during travel, and ways to connect between trips.
Walk you through your adoptive child's thoughts/feelings.
Provide practical explanations for how your adoptive child's history (abandonment, trust, orphanage behavior) will impact upon their daily life in your home.
Take you through the rooms in your home, utilizing strategies to connect in each room, while decreasing stimulation, as a means to improving family dynamic.
Discuss ways to reduce overstimulation/stress in your child's life, for smoother transitions.
Offer tips for when to introduce your child to family, friends, daycare, sitter, or school. Give proactive techniques to prep your child, the teacher, others, for more positive results.
Provide a sounding board for you, giving voice to your deepest feelings about your ever-changing lifestyle, the behaviors, and concerns.
Work with you to identify what trips your child's triggers, then strategize to change those behaviors that are concerning (i.e. tantrums, biting, hitting, spitting, sleep issues).
Offer tips to deal with the language barrier and the need for increased social skills.
Provide practical approaches to increasing cultural awareness and diversity in your home.