Adoption Through a Child's Eyes: Developmental Stages
As adopted children grow up, their understanding of adoption dynamics also matures. An incredible sense of loss and rejection may begin to shadow some adopted children during late childhood. This sense of loss and rejection can steal the excitement and joys of the teen years. This chapter explores the developmental stages children and teens experience and their perceptions of the adoption experience. When adoptive parents understand the sensitive nature of adoption through their child's eyes, they'll be better prepared to communicate effectively during each stage.
According to Eric Erikson, the most significant developmental task of the infant and toddler is to develop trust. Attachment is built over time but begins optimally during infancy when consistent caregivers predictably meet the child's needs. After thousands of repetitions, the child learns that his needs will be met, and he becomes attached to those caregivers reliably meeting his needs.
Acquisition of language also occurs during infancy and toddlerhood. The child's understood language is far greater than the language he is able to articulate. How does this impact the adopted child?
Children under three years of age need to learn appropriate language