Richard Vaughan

Hardwired brains explain why adopted children act up

Children with early traumas can have ‘attachment disorder’, but its effects are little known by teachers

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“It came to a head when he was excluded for half a day, a day, two days, then for nearly a week,” Lisa Seagrave recalls. “The teachers were scared of him and didn’t know how to handle him. The head thought it was my fault.”

Ms Seagrave is a mother of an adopted child, who was forced to pull her son out of school due to a lack of awareness among staff of so-called attachment disorder.

The issue is often associated with children who have undergone trauma prior to entering into an adopted family and who find it difficult to form relationships with others. It has led the charity Adoption UK to ...

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