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Kids with a history of trauma and adverse experiences often struggle in a traditional learning environment. As parents, it's daunting to know how to best advocate for your student. You may feel like it's you against the school and no one is on your side. This week Sandi Lerman, MA Ed, shares her best tips for helping your child get the free and appropriate education the law requires. Sandi Lerman is an Education Consultant and the proud Mama Bear of a 17-year old who was adopted at age 10 from Guatemala. Additionally, she is founder of WingBuilder, LCC, providing parent training and coaching for parents of adopted children and others with developmental trauma through her HEART-STRONG™ Parenting Program. Through her years of experience as an educator and parent, Sandi walks us through a step-by-step process for navigating the education system. Links Relevant to this episode: Sandi's website. Families in FLIGHT (Family Love Inspiring Growth and Healing Transformation) FB Group Teaching with Connection FB Group Wright's Law Directory of Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRC) State-by-State Help Lisa and Melissa answer this reader question: My biggest parenting challenge is bonding with my toddler. Can you give me some suggestions? *If you're already on our email list, you automatically receive each week's download in our Quick Connection email.
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If you’ve ever wondered how to help your child process frightening events, don’t miss this great interview with Robyn Gobbel. Robyn is a therapist whose clinical practice is focused exclusively on working with families of children who have experienced a history of toxic stress and complex trauma. How should we talk to our kids about scary events in the world? And what if we’re really afraid too? Robyn answers the question, “Should we fake it till you make it?” She also gives tips for calming ourselves and gives us a great example of how to help kids process traumatic events. Links Relevant to this episode: Robyn's website. Robyn on Facebook. Robyn's posts on creating a trauma story. #25: Regulating Through Movement and Play with Robyn Gobbel #26: What To Do When Your Child is Out of Control with Robyn Gobbel Lisa and Melissa answer this reader question: Do these older kids ever launch? *If you're already on our email list, you automatically receive each week's download in our Quick Connection email.
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If your family is a blend of kids by birth and adoption/foster care, or if you had an established family created by adoption and then added new children from “hard places,” don’t miss this interview with Lisa’s daughter, Annarose. How do siblings in the family feel, and what do they experience, when you add children to the family through adoption or foster care? What if the new children come with lots of challenges? In this episode, Lisa interviews her daughter and middle child of eleven, Annarose, about the challenges and blessings of being a sister to kids through adoption. Annarose loves life, adventure, and Jesus. At the time of the interview, she was studying abroad in Colombia, South America. Links Relevant to this episode: Have your children take Lisa's sibling survey here. Giving Voice to Siblings Part 1 and Part 2. Big Kid Date Night What about the siblings? Lisa and Melissa answer this reader question: My child has more challenges than nearly any other child I know. Should I have my child tested and diagnosed? *If you're already on our email list, you automatically receive each week's download in our Quick Connection email.
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Many adoptive and foster parents have questions about how and when to talk with their kids about their stories. What if your child’s story is really hard? Should you tell them the truth? How old should they be? Don’t miss this interview with Lisa’s mentor and friend Jayne Schooler. She is an adoptive mom, co-creator (with her husband, David) of Trauma Competent Caregiver training, and author of multiple books related to adoption and foster care. Jayne's Books Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child, Making Sense of the Past Journeys After Adoption: Understanding Lifelong Issues Links Relevant to this episode: Back2Back Ministries Hospitious Adoption (free pdf download) Lisa and Melissa answer this reader question: We've always homeschooled and assumed it would be best for building attachment with our newly adopted children, but it doesn't seem to be working out. What should we do? Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links and The Adoption Connection may earn a commission if you shop through the links.  *If you're already on our email list, you automatically receive each week's download in our Quick Connection email.
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Mornings can be tough- school mornings can be even tougher. Moms often ask us for strategies to smooth out the morning so we don’t all feel frazzled and defeated by 8 am. Lisa and Melissa walk through their favorite tips and strategies to help you create a drama-free morning for your family.
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The transition from traditional parenting to connected parenting presents challenges for many of us. It looks and feels different from the way we were parented and (if we already have children) the way we're already parenting. We all experience this transition differently. Today, we hear from a dad who took the plunge into this new way of parenting for the sake of his kids and found himself changed by it. If you're new to connected parenting, or you and your husband can't quite get on the same page, this interview is for you. If you're a foster or adoptive dad, you will love hearing Mark Vatsaas share his story. Mark Vatsaas is a parent coach and a moderator of the very popular Facebook group, Parenting with Connection. How to connect with Mark: Seen and Heard coaching Facebook page Seen and Heard Mark's website Links Relevant to this episode: The Connected Child  Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross Empowered to Connect Parenting with Connection Facebook group   Mark is an active moderator Lisa and Melissa answer this reader question: Should I change my adopted child's name?   Download the full interview with Mark Mark and Lisa talked about way more than we could fit in the podcast. Watch the full interview to hear some great anecdotes and encouragement.
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Do you have a child who never stops moving or who refuses to do certain activities? He may actually have trouble processing the information coming from his different senses. Lisa and Melissa both have sons with unique sensory needs. This can make learning more challenging, and frankly, school is hard enough for some of our kids with early trauma. We're thrilled to bring you an expert on meeting children's sensory needs in a learning environment. Don't miss this interview with Noelle Maher. She gives practical tips for helping your child focus and learn by meeting his sensory needs. How to Connect with Noelle: Find her on Facebook as Noelle Veilleux Maher Lisa and Melissa answer this reader question: How can I help my daughter regulate when she is ramping up to be aggressive, disrespectful, etc.? Download a free cheat sheet If you have a child struggling with sensory processing, grab this cheat sheet of accommodations and resources that you can implement right away to help your child during learning (and all of life).
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The Adoption Connection | Podcast by and.. by Lisa Qualls And Melissa Corkum - 6d ago

Welcome to the Adoption Connection Podcast Here we are! The Adoption Connection podcast, by and for adoptive moms has launched! We are unbelievably excited. Do you ever feel your life is so different nobody will understand? Or do you feel judged by people who see you parenting in a less-than-conventional way? Do you wonder if you're cut out for this life as a foster or adoptive mom? We totally understand this (and all the other craziness) and we're here for you. Each week we'll have a new episode with helpful information and guests speaking on topics just for foster and adoptive moms. Of course, all moms are welcome, but we create each episode with you in mind. Most weeks we'll also feature a reader question, and we'll always have show notes (like this) with relevant resources and links. We can't wait to see you Tuesday, August 7th, for our first full episode. Resources Download our free Summer Survival Guide! Check out our resource website, The Adoption Connection. Join us on Instagram and Facebook as The Adoption Connection.  
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Ever wonder what would happen if God suddenly gave you the opportunity to share what is most important to you? This is what happened to our guest, Emily Norton, when a video about her and her husband (then fiance) went viral with millions of views.

“Quadriplegics do not simply walk again – yet millions watched as Chris Norton took ten nearly impossible steps. With his fiancée, Emily, supporting at his side, those unbelievable steps became the start of an extraordinary journey for them both.” ~Amazon

Their story is one of incredible perseverance and following God in unexpected ways. Emily will infuse you with joy as she shares her very unique story of becoming a foster and adoptive mom.

Relevant Resources and Links:

The Seven Longest Yards* by Chris and Emily Norton

Click here to preview the first 2 chapters of the audiobook for The Seven Longest Yards*

Connect with Emily on Instagram

Connect with Chris on Instagram

Watch their YouTube videos

#14:  Joys and Challenges of Fostering and Adopting as a Single Mom
(Molly Ford also talks about post-adoption depression)

#38: Fostering and Adopting Teens with Kristin Berry

*affiliate link

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