July 2018

For children with SPD, something that would be “just fine” for most of us is “too little” or “too much” for them.

Chances are your child could be affected: Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) / Read Full Article

 

 

may 2018

We want to watch for the fact that some children will have serious changes in their sleep and that's a sign that there's something that they're worried about and they don't know what to do with the worry.

Child trauma expert has tips for parents navigating difficult news / Read Full Article

 

 

February 2018

As a parent, I know how difficult it is to take the reins back. If they put things online, if they do something that is not safe or healthy, that it may very much cause harm to others and harm themselves.

It's important to teach kids responsible social media use / Read Full Article

 

 

July 2016

One major difference between what this program does and what happens in many programs and, in fact, in many foster families, is that the teens may WANT to live up to expectations set by the adults who are showing they care about them. But they don’t actually KNOW HOW to do it! They need hands-on help to get the jobs done.

Mentoring Teens to Become Part of Their Community / Read Full Article

 

 

november 2015

Traumatic experiences can often become less traumatic – and even “fixed,” if they are addressed right away – how a parent responds can often make the difference between how a child is affected by the negative event -- short term, and long term.

New Beginnings! / Read Full Article

 

 

May 2015

I don’t think we should expect children to suffer such profound stress and I think we need to look deeper and try to determine what is happening so we can help instead of just shrugging our shoulders and as one social worker said “Visitation has to happen no matter what happens to the child”.

“Is This Normal?” Worrisome Behaviors after Birth Family Visits and How Foster Parents Can Help / Read Full Article

 

 

May 2015

For many of these children, the feelings of fear that family visitations bring up are what some of us in the field call “Double Dip Feelings’—in other words, yes, they feel afraid all over again. But they also have other feelings.  

When Family Visits Are Difficult: Why Are They So Hard for So Many Children? / Read Full Article

 

 

Educating Traumatized Children Summit 2014

Every time she has a memory of the experience, the emotion that she felt during that experience and immediately after, comes up and overwhelms her again. 

Curriculum and the Traumatized Child / Read Full Article

 

 

November 2011

As mental health professionals, we became part of each child’s team; the more of the child’s “world” joined the team, the better!

Team Work In Foster Care / Read Full Article

 

 

November 2011

It’s a pretty easy leap from the fact that these children are almost always feeling fear, to understanding why seemingly small, or pretty unimportant little things that happen make a child go into a rage, or express anger, or act just plain mean. They are feeling intense fear, and show it as anger.

Taming the Anger in Your Child / Read Full Article

 

 

april 2011

When a child doesn’t learn this first, most important job of attachment the right way -- when she learns that parents cannot be trusted to do their job of loving, nurturing, protecting, meeting her needs -- then the child tires to take over that role on her own as best she can – taking control of her life and surroundings.

Understand attachment disruptions: Promote healthy attachments / Read Full Article

 

 

Young African Americans in foster care in the US travel on a difficult road.  They have most likely already lived at least some of their lives in a chaotic – often violent – environment, or else they would not be in foster care to begin with.  

Preparing Teens in Foster Care to Enter the "Real World" / Read Full Article

 

 

Attachment is a story of creating a building. To begin, this building has to have a logical, well- designed, and sound foundation, if it is to meet its goal of providing long-lasting, solid, and strong shelter for its family.

Foundational, Beautiful, Elusive ... Attachment / Read Full Article