Category Trauma

Planning Commitment

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. […]

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 […]

Finding Our Miracles

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 […]

Who Has Potential?

I was once told by one of my daughter’s special education teachers, a women with several years of classroom experience, that as a parent, it was my job to hope.  Clearly, she felt my daughter had very little potential.  She was proven wrong.  Attachment disorders, PTSD, and other trauma based disorders have a nasty way […]

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