The Adopted Teen Workbook: Develop Confidence, Strength, and Resilience on the Path to Adulthood

The Adopted Teen Workbook: Develop Confidence, Strength, and Resilience on the Path to Adulthood

by Barbara Neiman
The Adopted Teen Workbook: Develop Confidence, Strength, and Resilience on the Path to Adulthood

The Adopted Teen Workbook: Develop Confidence, Strength, and Resilience on the Path to Adulthood

by Barbara Neiman

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Overview

Written for teens who were adopted, this compassionate workbook will help give you the strength, resilience, and confidence you need to thrive—now and on into adulthood.

If you’re like many other adopted teens, you may wonder about your birth family. You may question why you were given up. And you may even grapple with feelings of isolation, abandonment, and broken trust. These feelings are valid and deserve to be addressed. This workbook is designed to help you open the door to questioning, explore painful feelings, and develop the skills needed to be a happy and grounded adult.

The Adopted Teen Workbook teaches powerful self-resiliency, mindfulness, and somatic skills to help you explore your unique identity as an adopted teen. You’ll find tools to manage loss and grief, and activities that include checklists, contemplations, skill-building, and journaling to help you chronicle present, past, and future relationships with both your adoptive and birth parents.

This workbook begins with your first recognition of having been adopted and the feelings that come with that. You will then explore memories of the past and begin work on understanding emotions of anger, shame, and loss. Finally, you’ll learn ways to heal these wounds, learn to trust, and fully connect with both yourself and others.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684031436
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Series: Instant Help for Teens Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 184
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Barbara Neiman is a pediatric occupational therapist of thirty-five years, yoga teacher, body-mind centering practitioner, and national speaker on trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness strategies for professionals and adoption. Barbara is author of Mindfulness and Yoga Skills for Children and Adolescents and the card deck, My Calm Place. She is an adoptive parent who accompanied her young adult on a birth search journey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Letter to Teen Readers xi

Part I Building Self-Resiliency Skills With Mindfulness and Breath

Activity 1 Deciding to Keep This Book Private Or Share It 2

Activity 2 Present-Moment Awareness 5

Activity 3 Facing Fears and Accepting Your Truth 10

Activity 4 Families With Different Races, Religions, Cultures, and Sexual Preferences 15

Activity 5 Guided Imagery Helps Stress 20

Activity 6 Somatic Awareness 24

Activity 7 Use Your Senses to Know Your Intuition 28

Activity 8 Your Safety Container 33

Part II Understanding Your Brain, Body Emotions, and Past Trauma

Activity 9 Managing Your Triggers and Intense Emotions 38

Activity 10 Healing Your Inner Child 42

Activity 11 Checking In With Your Body When Taking Risks 47

Activity 12 Your Stress, Your Body 53

Activity 13 Vulnerability and Strength at Your Center 57

Part III Finding and Exploring Who You Are

Activity 14 Who Is In Your Tribe? 62

Activity 15 Celebrate Your Uniqueness, Strengths, and Challenges 67

Activity 16 Healing Wounds With Creative Expression 72

Activity 17 The Roots of Your Identity 76

Activity 18 Know Yourself 79

Activity 19 Transracial or Interracial Adoption 84

Activity 20 Expressing Yourself Safely With Your Family 92

Activity 21 Restorative Yoga 97

Part IV Skills For Moving Through The Hurt

Activity 22 Forgiveness and Gratitude For The Gift of Life 102

Activity 23 Understanding Loss and Grief 108

Activity 24 Healing From Toxic Shame 114

Activity 25 Getting Over Abandonment 118

Part V Healing Early Memories

Activity 26 The First Time You Learned That You Were Adopted 124

Activity 27 Saying "I'm Adopted" Out Loud 128

Activity 28 Adverse Childhood Experiences 132

Activity 29 Recovering Early Memories 136

Activity 30 Loving Yourself and Asking, "Was I Loved?" 141

Part VI Strategies for Moving Forward

Activity 31 What Is Your Story? 148

Activity 32 Do You Want to Search for Your Birth Parents? 151

Activity 33 Empathizing With Your Parents 155

Activity 34 Expressing Gratitude 160

Resources 165

Interviews

Neiman resides in New Paltz, NY.

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