Debbie was a life saver and gave me so much practical "how to" information on how to handle my daughter. I adopted my daughter as a single mom from Irkusk, Russia when she was 18 months old. By the time she was 3 1/2, I started noticing some odd behaviors that were classic symptoms of reactive attachment disorder. I didn't have a clue as to how to handle her, and discovered Debbie. She came to my home, talked with my daughter and me, evaluated my daughter, and then gave me some proven strategies that have been developed by foreign adoption experts. She explained that working with our kids is a marathon, not a sprint, and that we had to be patient and consistent in order for our children's behavior to change. Debbie was also a wonderful source of comfort...there were days that I just couldn't stand it anymore, and Debbie always was there, with a smile and a hug, and words of wisdom to help me through the day.
Living with children like ours is like no other parenting challenge. Debbie is such a valuable resource for us because SHE GETS IT. She has a son that was afflicted with some of the same problems our kiddos are facing. She's walked the walk. She's been in our I don't know about you, but finding a doctor or mental health professional that truly, honestly understands our kids is next to impossible. I can't even begin to tell you all the money I spent on psychologists and psychiatrists that assured me they had worked with kids adopted from eastern European countries and were "qualified" to help my daughter. Well, they didn't have a clue.
It's imperative that we work with someone that has experienced what we're going through. That's why I heartily recommend Debbie. She's lived in our world. She's probably experienced every challenge we have. If anyone can help you, it's Debbie. Good luck and God bless you and your family.