Children and young people who are now coming into foster care increasingly need therapeutic fostering. This is because in so many cases, they have suffered trauma as a result of their experiences prior to becoming looked after. Because of the rise in the numbers needing foster homes, a proportion may well have underlying conditions. Unsurprisingly, this can cause more complication where therapeutic fostering is concerned. This makes the task of providing therapeutic fostering more challenging.
In the first of a series, we take a look at some of these conditions that can affect some of the children in need of therapeutic fostering. But first, the issue of providing foster care to meet the needs of increasing numbers of children and young people with complex issues, is likely to form a growing part of the national foster care debate: training and remuneration will feature prominently, but what will really count will be effective strategies to find resilient individuals able to do the job.
Global Development Delay can also be described simply as ‘development delay’. It describes a child who; compared with other children of their age, takes noticeably longer to reach key developmental milestones. These can cover social interaction, learning to talk, walk as well as acquiring other movement skills. It is also possible for a child with another condition, such as Down’s syndrome or Cerebral palsy, to have Global Development Delay. In some cases, the delay in development can be quite short lived – support and therapy can often help. In other cases, the delay can be more significant. When this is the case, support and therapy usually need to proceed on an ongoing basis.
Children with GDD may sometimes also have a learning disability. What always needs to be appreciated, is that all children are unique and no two cases will ever be the same. It is important to get an early diagnosis as this can enable the right support to be speedily implemented. Doing this will help a child reach their full potential.
Intervention to help a child or young person can include occupational therapy, physical therapy, behaviour therapy. Treatments such as those associated with the management of autism and other behavioural issues can also be instigated. Speech and language therapy play an important part in treatment.
Other underlying conditions
It is possible for GDD to be symptomatic of other underlying conditions which could include:
When Global Development delay is suspected, it is important to make sure that a child’s hearing and vision are also assessed. This means that if there are impairments, measures can be taken.
Risk factors for Global Development Delay
Broadly speaking, these can be split into two main categories. These are: firstly, genetic or chromosomal abnormalities – Fragile X syndrome and Down’s syndrome being examples; secondly, environmental factors which can include infections, poor nutrition, prematurity, neglect, poverty or exposure to substances which are known to be harmful. Lead is an example of a substance that can cause serious problems. Young children are especially vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead. It can cause them to suffer profound and permanent adverse health effects. The development of the brain and nervous system can be compromised by exposure to lead.
Implications for therapeutic fostering
Therapeutic fostering is a general term used to describe highly structured care and ‘intentional’ parenting. The goal is to promote feelings of safety, well being and connectedness. This can facilitate the process of healing for children and young people. They can then ‘attach’ – enabling them to form emotionally sound relationships.
A career in therapeutic fostering with Rainbow
It’s possible to find out more about therapeutic fostering – such as training online, therapeutic foster care uk or training for therapeutic foster care. Call our team on 020 8427 3355, or use our National line 0330 311 2845. We will arrange to visit you in your home and discuss therapeutic fostering care in more detail.
At Rainbow Fostering, we will help you to be confident of making the right fostering decision. For therapeutic fostering training, it can be advantageous – though not essential – to have worked professionally with youngsters.
Rainbow Fostering news
Cuts will impact on foster care
16th, February 2018
Many local authority budgets are coming under strain. Cumbria council is just one example where the result has been a cut in services: £34.5m cuts have just been announced. This will affect library services, public health and foster care places for older teenagers (more) http://bit.ly/2e8PrIK
The good news at the end of this Rainbow…the diary for Summer events is coming together – watch this space.