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Rejecting Blame and Shame (visualization)

Highly specialized meditations created for moms of kids with RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) by professional hypnotherapist, Chel Hamilton. VisualizationRejecting blame and shame (5:58) How to use these meditations Of course, use these meditations as a tool when you're in crisis. But you'll get the most value if you also listen to […]

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Calm Frustration and Anger (meditation)

Highly specialized meditations created for moms of kids with RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) by professional hypnotherapist, Chel Hamilton. MeditationCalm Frustration and Anger (9:38) How to use these meditations Of course, use these meditations as a tool when you're in crisis. But you'll get the most value if you also listen to […]

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Finding Hope (meditation)

Highly specialized meditations created for moms of kids with RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) by professional hypnotherapist, Chel Hamilton. MeditationFind hope (9:17) How to use these meditations Of course, use these meditations as a tool when you're in crisis. But you'll get the most value if you also listen to them when […]

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The BIG little book on Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

Just getting started on your RAD parenting journey? This little 99-cent book is literally a BIG bang for your buck! Quick start guide with an introduction to the disorder, how to get your child an evaluation, and next steps.List of over 125 RAD related resources including books, conferences, coaching, blog posts, and support […]

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The 2 must-have books on RAD

Among caregivers of kids with RAD, these are the most popular books available today. Written from the RAD-parenting trenches, instead of an office armchair, they're full of practical advice and straight-forward truth. Learn all about Reactive Attachment Disorder, how to get an evaluation for your child, and next stepsLearn invaluable tips […]

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Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD): The Essential Guide for Parents

If you are struggling to parent a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), this is the resource you need. No platitudes or false hopes here, only practical suggestions that actually work! Understand developmental trauma and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)Learn tips and tricks to help you to navigate "the system"Get resource recommendations […]

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NEW video teaches kids about trauma and the brain

I am so excited to share this exciting new resource with you! The Brain Game is a new psycho-educational, 20-minute video, It's designed to teach children about how trauma may have impacted their brain and what they can do about it. It was created by Family Futures, an adoption support agency […]

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A Dangerous Son

This HBO documentary explores the struggle of three moms who are trying to find mental health services for their aggressive sons. A Dangerous Son tells the story of families with sons who have disorders that lead to explosive, violent behaviors. These kids are a danger to their families and themselves – […]

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A to Z of Therapeutic Parenting

The a-z Of Therapeutic Parenting has real strategies and solutions for kids with developmental trauma. Enough said. Seriously, for most adoptive parents I could end my review here. That's how incredibly rare it is to find practical strategies that make sense. […]

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Before you adopt…

Two-year-old Kayla was shy with dimples that winked when she laughed. Her brother, three-year-old Devon, had curly brown hair, freckles and a quick smile. We’d long dreamed of adopting foster kids and my husband and I jumped in heart-first. During the mandatory three-month pre-adoption waiting period, Devon and Kayla had some […]

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For teachers of children experiencing the effects of early trauma

If you are a classroom teacher you almost certainly have students who have experienced childhood trauma. A recent national survey on children’s health found that 47% of all children in the United States have had at least one adverse childhood experience (footnote below). For some, the unfortunate result is reactive attachment […]

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The Essential Guide to RAD

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD): The Essential Guide for Parents has the resources, advice, and information I wish I'd had when my son was diagnosed with RAD. During our last promotions we've given away more than 4,000 copies. See what customers are saying here. Devon was a friendly, jabbering three-year-old with round cheeks and […]

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Dear friends & family

Dear Friend, I’ve told you before how I’m struggling with my child’s behavior but I’m not sure you understand how serious—how desperate—things are. Here’s the unvarnished truth—my child relies on manipulation and melt-downs to control his surroundings. He refuses to follow the simplest of instructions and turns everything into a tug-of-war […]

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Movie Review: The Boarder

When Annika and Zeb adopt Carl, an 11-year-old boy from the foster care system, they’re confident he’ll heal and thrive in their loving home. Carl seems sweet and charming – at first. The vestiges of Carl’s childhood neglect and abuse soon spill out. The “ripped from our lives” plot of movie […]

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15 Practical Self-Care Ideas for Parents

via Blog – Institute For Attachment and Child Development A self-care list for the exhausted, frazzled, frustrated parents without a minute or ounce of energy to spare. Buy little indulgences that help calm you. Nestle scented candles strategically throughout your home to provide scents for instant relaxation and calm. Pamper yourself […]

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Open letter to a therapist from a mom of a child with RAD

Dear Therapist, I am desperate for your help. I apologize ahead of time if I seem angry and defensive. I’m just burnt out and afraid you won’t understand. My son is completely out of control and nothing works. I’ve tried to get help before from therapists and teachers, even police officers, but […]

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Funding for Adopted Children

If you adopted your child out of foster care and your child is special needs you should qualify for: Medicaid for the child until he or she is 18. This is transferable to other states. We adopted in Florida and then moved to North Carolina. I called the Department of Social […]

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Mental Health Services – A glossary to get you started

Most often the services described below are bundled under an agency who is considered your child’s clinical home. (This may not be the case in all states.) To find these agencies google key words like “Outpatient Services”, “Residential Treatment” and “Behavioral Health Services”. You can also get a recommendation from your […]

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