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Attachment and the Developing Child

Attachment and the Developing Child

The most complex organ in the universe is the human brain. It is now clear that what a child experiences in the first few years of life largely determines how his/her brain will develop and how he/she will interact with the world throughout their life (Ounce of...

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Children Learn What They Live

Children Learn What They Live

Children learn what they live. This includes anger, hostility and aggression. The primary method of early learning is imitation (Gruber and Voneche, l977). Children imitate what they see, what they hear, and what they experience. They typically do not do what they are...

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Adoption Trauma

Adoption Trauma

Let’s be clear . . . for the infant, child or teen, adoption is a traumatic experience. The trauma of forever losing one’s maternal and paternal family tree, lineage, cultural identity, genetic mirroring, relationships, siblings, etc… will be...

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What To Do With Challenging Behaviors!

What To Do With Challenging Behaviors!

We all enter the world ready to attach because this is how we get our most basic and primary needs met. The human infant, like other high functioning mammals, is completely dependent on their primary caregivers to get all of their needs met—survival, safety, food,...

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The Dance of Permanence

The Dance of Permanence

Have you ever tried parenting a child who puts his fist through a wall when you ask him to do his homework? How do you parent children who are in so much pain that they cut themselves, starve themselves, or won’t let you touch them because they have learned that touch...

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