Our Program

Developmental trauma disorder is a condition where the person has been exposed to an event or series of events that have caused them to be unable to form healthy attachments.

There are two types of developmental trauma disorder: reactive attachment disorder and disinhibited social engagement disorder.

Reactive attachment disorder is when the person was not able to form a bond with their caregiver and they are not willing to form attachments with other people.

Disinhibited social engagement disorder is when the person has trouble controlling their emotions in social situations. Both disorders can cause someone to act out in negative ways, like aggression, self-destructive behavior, or withdrawal from others.

With IfA’s newly written guides & reports, which focus on cognitive wellbeing, our highly effective and comprehensive Review & Analyze program strives to help not just the individual affected by trauma but anyone who is looking to improve their mental function. This includes everything from our lifestyle guides on optimizing sleep, nutrition, and mental well-being, to reviews of popular supplements such as nootropics, which can help parents and caregivers cope better with the everyday challenges of raising a trauma-affected child.

So when the child returns home, everyone is healthier, both mentally and physically. Everyone can connect better with each other; children are able to make bonds in a healthy and safe environment, while adults are able to focus better on their child’s needs thanks to the help of the aforementioned natural compounds, consultations with our experts, and lifestyle modifications.

Adoption is something we advocate. However, adoptive families can’t do everything on their own. It can be incredibly difficult to raise a child affected by an early life trauma. Families often fall apart. Most adoptions fail – and all hope seems to be lost. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Help us give you a helping hand. Donate today.

We’re a family on a mission to strengthen other families

Our Philosophy

Our Review & Analyze program is based on the culmination of experience & research of IfA’s content team; including early life trauma, cognitive-behavioral therapies, family support models, and nutraceutical recommendations. We don’t stop at just one aspect of healing, we look at all the angles. In the past, our content didn’t look much at dietary modifications as a way of improving cognitive function of adults – however, moving forward, this is precisely what Institute for Attachment will focus on.

Our goal starting from 2022 is to place more attention on the supplement market, where you will find a range of options for parents, students, older folks, and everyone else who is looking to optimize their long-range brain health. We are aware that there is a lot of misinformation in the nootropic industry and we want to jump in and be the resource you can trust.

Our Beliefs

We believe that relationships are vital for all-around health. Growing up in a dysfunctional environment negatively affects the rest of the child’s life. Likewise, a healthy mind and body are crucial for parents to be able to navigate all the challenges that come with the adoption of a trauma-affected child. A healthy diet and exercise are something most of us overlook, but these foundations can make a massive difference in your mental well-being as a caregiver.

Furthermore, dietary supplements, which are now becoming increasingly popular, can be used in conjunction with other therapies to help adults maintain concentration and reduce everyday stress. This is achieved with the combination of natural compounds, also known as nootropics or “smart pills,” which work to optimize different aspects of brain function such as information processing, memory retention, sustained focus, neurotransmitters & brainwaves, to name a few. However, just like with any OTC food supplement, it’s important to know what works and what doesn’t. That’s where IfA’s Review & Analyze program comes in – we do the legwork for you by inspecting the nootropics market and recommending the best options for improving the cognitive well-being of an adult looking to care for a child affected by an early life trauma.

Everything we do is founded on this.

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