Some of you know that I am also a poet. Often my two worlds intersect. More often, they collide. I worry sometimes that mothering is too limiting a topic for poetry, that it narrows my reach, marks me in some way inferior or as the dread, “woman writer.”  But over and over again I hear […]

I find myself preparing a presentation on Reactive Attachment Disorder for a very special audience, members of my church who hope to make a difference for people living with disabilities. We will be meeting to talk about inclusion and accessibility and I will be sharing some of my experience helping my daughter and family build […]

As a Special Education Parent Consultant and Advocate, one of the services I am able to provide my clients is a trauma sensitive classroom evaluation. I recently observed a classroom and made several recommendations to address the sensory needs of a client’s son. I had gone expressly to evaluate the environment and teaching styles used through a trauma […]

In preparing to meet with others to form a new committee to address the needs of inclusion and accessibility at my church, I found myself asking “What can you know at the beginning, to prepare for the future?” I’ve been in at the start of so many good ideas and so many short lived projects. […]

 Last week I attended a presentation by the Parent Information Network  or PIN, an awesome support group for parents raising children with mental health concerns. The topic was “Bouncing Back.” Afterwards, I realized that for a RAD parent, it’s more just bouncing. Once your child has suffered from early childhood trauma, neglect, loss and/or abuse; and, […]

This morning while driving my daughter to school, I found myself explaining how parents deal with our children’s pain. It wasn’t the conversation I had planned. She had been asking about a young friend of hers who had been hospitalized. I felt she needed to know. We talked about the feelings that become too big to […]

In my life, I’m used to focusing on the trauma that caught my daughter in its web years ago in another world. Sometimes a child adopted from another country, like Russia, can seem like a princess in a fairy tale. But sad children, neglected infants and witnesses and victims of domestic violence do not inhabit storybooks alone. […]

Eye Contact

Eye contact plays a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of Reactive Attachment Disorder.  It is the first on the list of Common Symptoms of Insecure Attachment by the Attachment Institute of New England – “Poor Eye Contact (except when lying, manipulating or acting violently).” Nancy Thomas, in her Letter for Teachers insists on establishing eye […]

“That does it, young lady, I’ve had just about enough of that behavior It time for a time in!” Sure. That’s what we say, isn’t it? When were at the breaking point and one more question will drive us right over the edge. When we just want to relax after a particularly hard day and […]

This morning, I gave my daughter a push down the hall and she walked off towards her classroom.  Wait.  Let me say that again.  I pushed my daughter down the hall and she kept on walking towards her classroom.  She didn’t flinch.  She didn’t turn.  She just kept walking.  I know this doesn’t sound like […]

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