Category Attachment

I Am My Daughter’s Keeper

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 […]

Attachment, Support & Community

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 […]

Making Classroom Observations: Seeing the Obvious

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 […]

Bouncing

 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, […]

Changing the Conversation

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

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 […]

Time In

“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 […]

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