Heart of the Matters Website and Courses are Updated and Refreshed

October 2016

Course Spotlight: Because They Waited

 

 

  • Quality: 10 hours of Hague compatible education

  • Refreshed:  Renewed with updated resources

  • Convenient: Mobile access

The Because They Waited™ education system is online with modules covering topics pertinent to individuals adopting a baby or an older child, internationally or through foster care.  Modules present "The Science" in a user friendly format, followed by "The Parenting" which offers concrete parenting tools.   "Wrap Up and Resources" as well as study materials are also provided for each topic.
Topics covered include:
Promoting healthy brain development
Sensory processing and sensory integration
Parenting to a child’s "real age" vs. chronological age
Understanding the internal alarm
Building attachment
Race and Culture
 
Contact us at info@heartofthemattereducation.com for a copy of the table of contents for Because They Waited.
 
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How To Be With A Dysregulated Child, by Robyn Gobble, LCSW

Source: www.gobbelcounseling.wordpress.com

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I think I finally get it.  Or at least, I’m getting it in a deeper way.  In a whole-body, brain and heart, I can feel it in my bones kind of way.

In the past few weeks, I’ve have the opportunity to experience first-hand some extremely dysregulated behavior in my office.  In two circumstances, I couldn’t do anything except stay calm and wait.  In a third, I could have chosen a different path (the situation was a bit more contained and I had more power than in the other two circumstances, which were much more vulnerable), but didn’t.  I fully embrace the truth that I am not triggered by a dysregulated child in the same way that a parent would be.  I don’t feel as wary.  I don’t have the same level of attachment involved, which always muddies the waters.  But I think it’s because of these very facts that I was able to maintain the clarity that allowed for this profound knowing to take place.

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Parent to Parent: Addressing Trauma-Based Behaviors to Promote Attachment

Debbie Schugg, Kinship Center, Adoptive Parent

(LIVE) Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 1:00pm- 2:30pm EST
Extended Access: March 18 -23, 2016

Debbie Schugg will discuss how approaching frustrating behaviors with curiosity and compassion can lead to better outcomes, greater healing, and more peace in the home. She will share strategies for interpreting behaviors, identifying the unmet needs which drive them, prioritizing the parent-child relationship, and recognizing the role of self-care in being emotionally present with our children.

Thanks to Jockey Being Family, Jockey International the first 300 registrants can receive free registration when using coupon code ATTACH at checkout.

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Fostering Successful Attachment in Intercountry Adoption

By: Madison Howard

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Introduction

Attachment is the glue that establishes the connection between a child and a parent. When a child is born and remains with a biological parent, bonding and attachment begin immediately. With adoption, however, that is not always the case. In intercountry adoption children often face multiple broken attachments, causing them to lack the foundation on which to build healthy relationships later in life. In cases of adoption, early attachments are too often disrupted or broken. Positive, consistent relationships with early childhood caregivers and, later, adoptive parents can help reestablish a child’s healthy attachment abilities.

The Basics of Attachment

To understand how to foster healthy attachment for children adopted internationally, it is important to understand the heart of the subject at hand: attachment theory. According to Bowlby, a pioneer in attachment theory, attachment is a biological, motivational system that develops within humans during our early years of life. This system is what stimulates children to try and find security, support, and care from specific "attachment figures" in their lives. In her first year, when the child becomes selective about which person she seeks out to provide these things, "selective attachment" occurs. This person the child has selected becomes a "secure base," meaning that she will use this person as a "home base" of sorts to venture out from and return to at any sight of "danger." When parents cultivate healthy and secure attachment relationships within their children as infants, they in turn cultivate an "internal felt sense of safety and trust, and an emerging sense of the self." Attachment, then, is not only important to relationships with parents and family members, it is also essential to children’s forming relationships in the world around them.

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Building Attachment From Day One In Country: by Melissa Nichols and Todd Nichols

Child%20holding%20adult%20parent%20arm%20sad Do you have a game plan for building attachment when you travel to meet your future child?  The Family Attachment Center of Minnesota has some great games and resources for families just beginning and those that are already home.  Whether your child is at risk for attachment disorder or not, these are great games to reinforce intimacy between the parent and child relationship.  Be sure to print this and take it with you when you travel!  

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WEBINAR: Attending to Needs, Connecting for Life: Dr. Purvis on Attachment

Thursday, February 4, 2016; 7:00 PM CT

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Join us as Dr. Karyn Purvis discusses her latest research surrounding attachment and connecting with children who have experienced a tough beginning in life.

With her naturally warm style, Dr. Purvis will share insights to help us better understand and connect with each other.

She will provide practical tips to building a foundation of love, support and security to help your family thrive.

Specific topics include:

  • Connecting principles for attachment needs
  • Techniques to connect with your child at different developmental stages
  • Correcting principles to disarm fear-based behaviors

Click here to register now

By the way, we’ve launched a new portion of our website this new year. It is a special section dedicated to our webinars/webcasts. Let me know what you think!

All the best,
Kirby

Questions? Email Kirby

NEW WEBINAR: Attending to Needs, Connecting for Life: Dr. Purvis on Attachment

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7:00 PM CT

REGISTER NOW

Join us as Dr. Karyn Purvis discusses her latest research surrounding attachment and connecting with children who have experienced a tough beginning in life.

With her naturally warm style, Dr. Purvis will share insights to help us better understand and connect with each other.

She will provide practical tips to building a foundation of love, support and security to help your family thrive.

Specific topics include:

  • Connecting principles for attachment needs
  • Techniques to connect with your child at different developmental stages
  • Correcting principles to disarm fear-based behaviors

Click here to register now.

Powerful Truths About FASDs and Little Heroes

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Missed the recent webinar on FASDs? No Problem.

In case you missed the recent webinar, The Powerful Truths About FASD, featuring Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff and hosted by Mike Berry of Confessions of a Parent: Hope and Humor from the Trenches, please enjoy this free link to the recording.

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Little Heroes: An Educational Comic Book for Parents and Children

Little Heroes #4: Sensory IntegrationLittle Heroes is a series of stories written about children who face a variety of challenges in their everyday lives. The series is meant to guide you, through story and pictures, to help children understand why they feel the way they do based on problems that are beyond their control. Each comic book is accompanied by a Parent’s Guide that provides a much fuller explanation of each of the comic book topics.
All of the Little Heroes books are based on true stories of children and families treated by Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff and his clinical team. The comic books engage children by providing fun illustrations with easy-to-understand stories and can also be used as coloring books. Little Heroes #1: FASDs includes educational games and puzzles.

$10/book, includes both the comic and Parent’s Guide.
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Little Heroes #1: FASDs5 Little Heroes books to choose from:

Our latest addition to the series, Little Heroes #5: Military Separation, helps families cope with being separated during a military deployment. It can be used to help families explain the separation to their children and prepare them for the challenges they will face. The accompanying Parent’s Guide provides a fuller explanation of the effects of military deployment and prolonged separation on the family.

Check out our online store for more resources on FASDs, attachment, prenatal care, adoption, and more.

*Offer valid through October 16, 2015, 11:59 PM PST.

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New Webinar: Attachment-focused Parenting

Featuring Dr. Dan Hughes, renowned attachment expert

Attachment-focused Parenting: Create a PLACE with your Children

Thursday, February 5th
7-8:30pm CST

 

Don’t miss Dr. Dan Hughes as he speaks about attachment-focused parenting!

Secure parent-child attachments are essential to healthy child development, but often adoption can present challenges to the process.

World renowned attachment expert Dr. Dan Hughes shares family-centered strategies using the PLACE framework (Playfulness, Love, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy). These strategies will help you learn how to connect to your child as a toddler, tween and teen and maintain a secure attachment relationship.

Topics covered:

  • Advice on connecting with your child through their development
  • Expert insights into attachment and attunement
  • Information on finding professional support and resources

Have you heard about Adoption Parenting Pathways?

Adoption Parenting Pathways is the perfect way for adoptive families to find local resources online.

January Featured Webinar

Adoption and Classroom Success: Beyond The Basics. Only $10!

       

 

Creating A Family: Attachment Podcasts for you!

attachment%2006-26-2013 Attachment is the process of of forming emotional bonds between parent and child. For healthy emotional development throughout life, the child must attach to her parents, but it is just as true that the parent has to attach to the child. Attachment is not necessarily automatic with children adopted past infancy, but attachment can be taught and learned, and there are activities and attachment parenting techniques that can help both children and parents bond.

Creating a Family has extensive resources on attachment in adoption. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:

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