Category Trauma

Advocacy For ICE Separated and Imprisoned Children

No one can hear about the treatment of child refugees at our borders unmoved.  I knew I had to do something to try and change this and so, with the support of my seven co-authors, I delivered the following letter to 18 senators in Washington on October 9, 2018.  In addition to our signatures, we […]

REVIEW: The Attachment Therapy Companion

The Attachment Therapy Companion:  Key Practices for Treating Children & Families by Arthur Becker-Weidman, Lois Ehrmann and Denise H. LeBow, revised in 2012, and available through the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh). I was introduced to Attachment Focused Therapy (AFT) and the work of Art Becker-Weidman, at my first […]

Boomerang*

Our therapist calls them boomerang kids. Teens who were doing pretty well as older kids; when, wham! They’re back in therapy with all the emotional upheaval, distorted thinking and outrageous behaviors of six years before. Well, not quite. There is a level of maturity and complexity that disguises these episodes of classic reactive attachment disorder […]

Ageing, Loss & Courage

Ageing. Some things we are prepared for. The wrinkles we secretly hope lend distinction to our tired eyes and document the laughter at the edges of our mouth. The skin that sags a little now when we finally lose the weight we’ve always meant to lose, now when we have more patience and resolve but our […]

Remembering Stanley

Stanley was an unlikely war hero. He died quietly in his late 60’s in his favorite armchair in his parent’s living room. There was no one there to notice as he hemorrhaged from a treatable kidney condition. His housemate was away and he didn’t know how or didn’t have the strength to call for help. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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