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My Son’s Brain in School

A neuropsychologist said of my oldest son: “His brain is not organized the way the world wants it to be, so he has problems functioning. But he doesn’t have behavior problems. His brain doesn’t do those.”
My youngest son also has a brain that doesn’t fit the world he lives in,

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Trauma-Informed Educators: Julie’s Reading List

As teachers and students head back to school, a flurry of inquiries has come into ATN about the “best” materials to help our schools create more trauma-informed educators. The Trauma-Sensitive School movement is still young, so in previous years I had a hard time answering that question,

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ATN Wants You . . . To Share Your Story

The Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) seeks bloggers for the “Our Voices” section of our website, a.k.a. the ATN blog. Not sure if your story fits? Read on to learn more.


ATN was originally founded by parents, for other parents. We all have stories to tell,

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Is the CTSS2019 Conference for Parents? No…and Yes!

Countless longtime members of ATN are parenting children severely impacted by early trauma. They may carry the painful memories of searching far and wide for trauma-informed resources, as do many who serve on ATN’s staff and board. Each year, members ask whether or not parents should attend ATN’s Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools (CTSS) Conference.

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Dear Educator: A Series of Heartfelt Letters about what Kids with Trauma Need in School

Dear educator,

Thank you so much for teaching my child.

I appreciate this opportunity to share with you some insight into the challenges that my child has been having in your classroom and as a student in your school.

I was one of you.

A few short years ago,

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Triggers: Providing Emotional Safety in the Classroom

–by Janyne McConnaughey, PhD

Every adult knows that there are triggers in life. We often know each other’s triggers, and in toxic relationships, we talk about how we push each other’s buttons. We know those buttons exist, but we often don’t remember how they got there. It is even harder for children,

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Back to School with Traumatized Students: What Do We Tell New Teachers?

By: Jen Alexander, MA, NCC, RPT

Children with Hidden ChallengesIt’s back to school time for all of us. It can be overwhelming to think about what to tell this year’s teachers about our children. What’s too much? What’s too little? The answers, of course, are different for everyone,

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Melissa Sadin: ADHD vs. Trauma: When The Duck in Your Class Roars like a Lion

October 1, 2014

by:  Gari Lister

Today I am delighted to highlight one of the fabulous interviews from the second day of ATN‘s Educating Traumatized Children Summit. And this one is totally near and dear to my heart because it is an interview with the very awesome Melissa Sadin,

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