Author : Stephanie Mines

The current horrific re-enactments of violence that haunt our dreams and shatter our sense of security, no matter where we live, should be a wake-up call to how we are nurturing the seeds of violence in children. When children are exposed to violence and when their home environments are unsafe they become candidates for violence themselves, vulnerable to the feelings …

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serving families of veterans

In surveying the literature on war and its aftermath, including the literature on PTSD, there is virtually nothing about the families of veterans. The families of our veterans are the scapegoats of war. Their story is timeless, but I believe the time has come to tell it. A RAND Corporation study that was initiated by the National Military Families Association reports …

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resources for veterans

There a lack of services for the families of veterans. The majority of existing, established services are aimed at veterans and even these, as has been proven, are insufficient. They Were Families: How War Comes Home is being developed to bridge this chasm. In the meanwhile some external outlets can be recommended and I can provide enormous encouragement for how …

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emotional numbing

“There is quiet. The quiet when he was gone, away in Afghanistan. Or this new quiet, now, now that he is home.” — Amalie Flynn, Wife and War Silence has multiple textures just as emotional numbing is not only one thing. We have known about emotional numbing for as long as we have known about war, but it is only …

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Children of Veterans

When soldiers return home to their families with unresolved wartime experiences in tow, their children, whose sensory systems are porous, see and feel their unarticulated terror and rage. Since families are generally not included in re-entry or transition, which is thoroughly inadequate in any case, children of veterans have no way to sort through what they absorb and hold non-verbally. It …

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The simplest definition of respite is that it is an interval of rest or relief. For the partners and family members of veterans returning from war zones or areas of conflict with PTSD or post-combat shock, respite is much more than rest. It is the space to reclaim personal identity and as such, it is a necessary ritual. I grew …

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neurodiversity definition

“Each individual brain is like a unique rainforest, teeming with growth, decay, competition, diversity and selection.” Tweet this quote by Gerald Edelman (Cornwell 2007) The coining, understanding and use of the word “neurodiversity” is a gateway. It opens to allow us to see both the landscape from which we are departing and the one ahead. It is an evolutionary word …

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sensory processing challenges

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the world. (Tweet this quote.) It is the only disability that is dramatically on the rise along with a board range of sensory processing differences that continue to baffle educators and parents. Research such as that conducted by Simon Baron-Cohen of the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge, shows that the prevalence of autism …

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cultivate genius in sensory children

In last week’s post I discussed how to become a playful artist with a sensory needs child. This is an important topic because playing in the arts is an intervention that stimulates the limbic brain. It invites collaboration which evokes the natural genius in both the adult and child. The power of presence, creativity, and human connection is the stuff …

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Written on Aug, 07, 2014 by in | 1 Comment.
sensory needs child

When I talk to therapists and parents about using the arts they are often intimidated. The suggestion that they would speak (or paint or dance) from the heart fluidly and imaginatively with children evokes their hesitancy and embarrassment. They think this must be something I can do and they cannot. Nothing could be further from the truth. Anyone can tap …

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