This post is one of our Family Friday series when we give you a peek into our family treatment homes. Each Friday, we’ll show you a picture, along with a description from one of our treatment parents. Learn more about our unique treatment model for children with reactive attachment disorder and meet our treatment families. (PICTURE BLURRED TO PROTECT IDENTITY)
“My husband Tom is a coach at a non-profit boxing club in addition to our work with the Institute. He works with kids in the community, as well as many children in our program, in this capacity. Due to Joey’s* physical limitations, Tom works a lot with him on building arm strength as shown in the photo.
Tom works with many children in our home, not just Joey, on bilateral integration—crossing across their midline by punching with their opposite hands. Many children in our program have trouble in this regard because they missed the developmental window at age 3 or 4 to gain this skill. Sadly, they’ve missed a lot of developmental skills, along with bonding, due to the neglect and abuse they suffered early on. This is just one of the many, many exercises and practices we use to help our kiddos overcome early childhood trauma.”
*name changed to protect identity
-Jan Barber, therapeutic treatment parent at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development