by:  Julie Beem I knew it — from the first time this photo and story showed up in my Facebook feed.  The security officer forcefully removed a teenage girl from her math class after she had been using her cell …

Stop the Madness – Schools Must Be Trauma Sensitive Read more »

by:  Julie Beem Ok – this is a strange topic for the Executive Director to blog about. Yes, I’m biased. But here’s the deal…I pay my annual Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) membership dues each year because I know what …

Why I Always Renew My ATN Membership Read more »

by:  Gari Lister Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be able to go on safari in South Africa.  The most important component of our visit was two “game drives” each day – essentially several hours riding around the …

On Safari . . . at Home Read more »

by:  Gari Lister Most schools in Dallas started Monday, and my Facebook feed is full of happy children getting ready for their first day of school.  My own daughter started last week — on Wednesday, of all weird days — …

First Day – Joy, Sadness and Anxiety Read more »

by:  Craig Peterson In elementary school my two attachment-challenged sons whipped through their assignments in class. They rarely had homework. Since both made excellent grades, I never gave the situation a second thought. All that quickly changed by middle school. …

The Curse of the Missing Homework Read more »

by:  Julie Beem If you read one story about adoption today – this is the one. Your social media feed may be full of news about attachment & trauma, Fetal Alcohol, and PTSD, but don’t miss this article. I can …

Perseverance & Endurance – Qualities of a Champion Runner … and His Adoptive Dad Read more »

by:  Craig Peterson Early childhood trauma. Complex behaviors. The two often go hand in hand as parents and professionals will attest. Although they create enormous challenges for families, receiving an accurate mental health diagnosis for a child can be another …

FASD and RAD — “Cannot vs. Will Not” Read more »

by:  Gari Lister Yesterday’s Good Morning America featured a story on co-sleeping based on controversy a blogger sparked when she admitted to sharing a bed with her six year old son.  The piece opened with a clip of a little …

Tuesday Toolbox — Mama’s Room and Mama’s Bed Read more »