Nature Helps Facilitate Attachment and Healing

Tomorrow is the first day of Adoption Knowledge Affiliates’ annual conference in Austin, TX, and I’m pumped up! I can’t wait to reconnect with other professionals who work with adoption, attend some of the sessions, and meet other adoptive parents and adoptees. And – I’m excited to share my ideas, rooted in an ecotherapy approach, […]

By |November 11th, 2015|Adoption, Attachment, Ecotherapy, Healing, Nature, Parenting, Play, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nature Helps Facilitate Attachment and Healing

Connecting with Your Child Through Play (even when it’s difficult)

This is the last post in a 3-part series on trauma and play.                         Here is Part 1 and Part 2

Spending time playing together can be a pretty tall order for parents who are raising kids with difficult behaviors. The immense daily stress of […]

By |March 21st, 2015|Parenting, Play, Trauma|Comments Off on Connecting with Your Child Through Play (even when it’s difficult)

Trauma and Play: Part 2

This is Part 2 in a series. Here’s Part 1.

So many different ways to play

When most of us think of “play”, we think of being silly, goofing around, having fun. But according to Dr. Stuart Brown, a prominent figure in the field of play research (who knew?), there are actually 8 types of play personalities, […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Play, Trauma|Comments Off on Trauma and Play: Part 2

Trauma and Play: Part 1

Playing is hard
No doubt about it, trauma can make it hard for adults to play. As a child, if you lived through abuse and neglect or other traumatic experiences, playing might not have been much a part of your childhood. Perhaps it was lost, or perhaps it was never there to begin with. If you […]

By |February 25th, 2015|Play, Trauma|Comments Off on Trauma and Play: Part 1