Back to School

Back to School

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care When my boys first came to me, they were several grade levels behind academically. Their records indicated they had missed a substantial amount of the previous school year and from what I could tell, home work and...

Classroom Regulation Strategies

Classroom Regulation Strategies

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care Keeping your kiddo regulated in the classroom can be tough! But it's a key component to helping them succeed. Here are a few easy ideas to consider talking to your teacher about if you have a kiddo who is struggling....

Bringing Baby Home

Bringing Baby Home

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care When we bring home a newborn baby from the hospital, life around us seems to halt. We clear our calendars around the upcoming due date of our child. We don't make huge future plans because we anticipate life being...

Avoiding After School Meltdowns

Avoiding After School Meltdowns

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care Let's face it, the after school meltdown can be REAL. Your kiddos have done their best to listen to other adults all day, stay seated when they want to move around, take turns, engage social situations, and learn all...

Supporting our Children after a New Placement

Supporting our Children after a New Placement

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care If you're reading this resource, you might be looking for ways to prepare your children to become a foster family. Or you might have already said YES and a new child's entrance into your family may have shaken the...

Now What?

Now What?

You've just welcomed a new child into your home! You're making appointments, enrolling them in school, adjusting your plans, and managing all the big feelings in your home (from the children and you!). What did you just do??   Can I normalize a few things for you...

Visit Days

Visit Days

 We all know birth family visits can bring out lots of big feelings for our kids. For some, there is happiness and anticipation. But for most, the experience is more conflicting. As foster parents, we most often see this in our kids’ behaviors in the hours leading up...

Holiday Tip #5: Practice Outside the Moment

Holiday Tip #5: Practice Outside the Moment

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care We’ve talked a little bit in this space about making life predictable for our children and how important it is to communicate with them about the things they will experience-especially when new. You can take that...

Holiday Tip #4: Share Control

Holiday Tip #4: Share Control

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care Do you have a child who sabotages big days? Or at least maybe it feels that way sometimes? There are many reasons why this might be. We’ve talked about a few of them so far: feelings of grief and loss, sensory...

Holiday Tip #3:  Predictability & Structure

Holiday Tip #3: Predictability & Structure

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care Listen I know. It’s getting harder to predict what’s going to happen next in 2020 and our sense of perceived control—gone, right? What will the holidays even look like this year?? We all do better when we think we...

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