Understanding childhood development in the context of donor conception – age 3-6

Wednesday 22nd February 2023 – 8pm (GMT)

Dr Avital Pearlman has spent her career supporting children, families, individuals and couples throughout their fertility journey and beyond. In her work with children and adolescents, she has often worked with children who are donor conceived, adopted or are no longer in contact with a biological parent.

Throughout 2023, Avital will be joining me for a series of webinars as we consider the development of identity throughout the different stages of childhood, being mindful of all the factors that contribute to a sense of self and what we as parents can be aware of as we parent our donor conceived children.

Starting with the younger years, we’ll be focusing on the age of 3-6 as we explore how we might introduce the topic of donor conception to our children early and often. We’ll discuss common questions such as:
Do I wait for my child to be able to understand before talking to them about donor conception?
At what age is it recommended I start talking to them about their conception and family structure?
What is age appropriate language at this age?

We’ll also explore the stages of child development that are taking place during these years, any challenges that may be faced and how transitions such as school might need to be considered.

As with all Paths to Parenthub webinars, members have the chance to shape the conversation by submitting your questions ahead of the webinar and on the night, I hope you will join us there.

(Please note that all webinars and live chats are recorded and made available the following day to members within the Paths to Parenthub website and the community app too).

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Speaker Bio

Dr Avital Pearlman

Avital has spent her career supporting children, families and individuals and couples throughout their fertility journey and beyond. Avital has worked across CAMHS, Paediatric and peri-natal settings. In her work with children and adolescents, Avital has often worked with children who are donor conceived, adopted or are no longer in contact with a biological parent. Within this context Avital considers the development of identity throughout the different stages of childhood and is mindful of all the factors that contribute to a sense of self.

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