Self-Esteem and Learning Differences in Adopted Children

Thursday, March 30, 2017. 7 p.m., EHS Library

A Workshop Featuring Lisa Schuman, LCSW

Adopted children with learning differences often struggle with feeling good about themselves. The reasons for this are multi-faceted. In the presentation, we will explore developmental issues in an adopted child’s life, various types of learning differences, and how these topics intersect and have an impact on a child’s self-esteem. Learning how to recognize these issues and empower your child to feel good about him or herself will be addressed.

Parents who do not have a genetic connection to their children may feel like something is missing. The opposite is true. Research shows that non-genetic parents are typically more involved with their children than genetically linked parents. Yet, non-genetic parenthood is often more difficult, particularly when it comes to disclosure to the outside world and helping children feel good about their family constellation.

In this presentation, parents will learn the basics of the TIP TOP program. TIP TOP is a strategy that was created to help children to find useful ways of disclosing, or deciding not to disclose, their non-genetic status to others. The program teaches children how to feel ownership over their personal information, and assists parents in helping their children gain clarity about their feelings and make disclosure decisions that feel good and useful.

Lisa Schuman, LCSW, is founder of the Center for Family Building, Director of Psychological Services for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut, Chair of the Egg Freezing Task Force for the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and is on faculty at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy.

To assist families in better understanding ways to manage child and family dynamics, Ms. Schuman lectures at schools and at organizations such as the Gay and Lesbian Center, RESOLVE and the Adoptive Parents Committee. She also runs educational groups for children and adults on adoption, third party reproduction and special education issues. Ms. Schuman is often quoted in the media and has won awards for her research.

In her private practice in New York City and Westchester, she meets with individuals, couples, and children. Ms. Schuman helps families develop tools to manage difficulties, to better understand ways to meet their children’s needs, and to foster more cohesive family relationships.

To contact Ms. Schuman, please call (212) 874-1318 or email

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