• September 2012
  • Vol. 13, No. 8

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Tough Starts Matter Package

The Adoption Learning Center is offering a four-course package for parents that focuses on how their adopted child's tough start in life may lead to difficult behaviors in the future. The "Tough Starts Matter Package" is specifically centered on providing parents with educational, practical, easy-to-use, and encouraging material to help their child heal.

The package contains the following products:

  • Tough Starts: Brain Development Matters: Explains the impact that initial trauma has on a child's brain chemistry, brain development, and sensory processing
  • Tough Starts: Treatment Matters: Provides parents with strategies for seeking professional help once they recognize significant challenges in their child, discusses the importance of understanding a diagnosis, and addresses when to consider medication and how to choose a therapist
  • Tough Starts: Parenting Matters: Includes a strengths-based, therapeutic approach of exercises, family stories, and expert advice for parents in order to parent and heal a child who exhibits challenging behaviors due to a tough start in life
  • Tough Starts: Family Matters: Explores techniques parents can use to support each member of the family, and themselves, through the challenges of raising a tough start child and the toll it can take on them, their relationships, and their other children

The "Tough Starts Matter Package" contains four courses, totaling to 5 credit hours, and is available on the Adoption Learning Center website:


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