Monthly Archives: February 2017

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Behaviors in the Classroom

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Behaviors in the Classroom

Trauma Informed Approach to Behaviors in the Classroom
If your child has any type of Affective Needs, this blog I just found is a great resource! Whether your child has Autism, PTSD, is adopted, or has other life events that affect the way they react to life, this blog can help.

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW is a child and family therapist in Austin, Texas specializing in adoption, trauma, and attachment counseling. She is the founder of the Central Texas Attachment & Trauma Center. Her blog is all about Parenting, Adoption, and Adoptive Parenting.

This particular post has a free article download: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Behaviors in the Classroom, which is a letter to your child’s teacher- short, simple, and steeped in science – on why behavior management systems don’t usually work for children with a history of trauma, and WHAT THE TEACHER CAN DO INSTEAD!!!!

I just sent this to our son’s teacher, his therapist’s, and the Director of Special Education. This letter could really make a difference in how your child is treated and how effective their education is. In the letter, she includes the science of why our children react the way they do, but she writes in a way that is easy to read and understand.

If you are having trouble getting the needs of your child met in their current educational placement, this is a great place to start.

Be sure to check out her blog, it has tons of wonderful information. It can be found at and her professional website can be found at

Here is a copy of the letter I sent to my son’s teacher, with certain names omitted for privacy. I don’t want to embarrass anyone, I just want help for my son.


Tonight while I was researching schools across the country that might be appropriate for XXXXXXX, a school that understands trauma and are termed as having a”trauma-informed approach to behaviors in the classroom,” I came across an excellent letter that a blogger wrote to teachers to help them understand how children who have experienced trauma react to their environment.

The letter is easy to read and understand even though it is scientifically based.

This blogger is more than just some random person, Robyn Gobbel, LCSW is a child and family therapist in Austin, Texas specializing in adoption, trauma, and attachment counseling. She is the founder of the Central Texas Attachment & Trauma Center.

In her blog post, she encourages parents to share this letter with their child’s teacher in the hopes of better success for all concerned.

Dave and I both found it to be well-written and easy to understand. It explains XXXXXXX so well, as I am sure it does for so many other students.

Many of the studies I read tonight talked about ACEs, Adverse Childhood Experiences. There are 10 criteria, each worth one point. Children who have experienced even one of the criteria are at great risk. XXXXXXX has experienced 7, possibly 8, of them.

This study focuses on PTSD, it doesn’t take into account his other disabilities. When we look at XXXXXXX, we see a someone who has come so very far. What that child and his brother went through with their mother was horrific. I can’t even think of some of the things without making myself crazy and we have not even shared some of those things with his therapists because he isn’t ready yet. I want the school system to see our amazing son for the incredible person he is, not the survivalist he has turned back into.

Please take some time to read this, we sincerely hope it will help you as an educator to understand the behaviors and reactions of our child. Even if XXXXXXX does not return to XXXXXXX, I feel it will help with your other students so it will not be a wasted effort.

XXXXXXX, (Director of Special Education) I copied you because I think every teacher in the district should read this, not just those dealing with Affective Needs. It would go a long way in smoothing the path for a real relationship with SummitStone, beyond just Sarah Milner. You can’t teach a child if you do not understand how their brain works. I know how dedicated you are to our Exceptional Students and I hope in the future that the school district does something, sooner than later, to remedy this situation.

We were truly blessed as having XXXXXXX as XXXXXXX champion all of these years. We just assumed that all of the Exceptional Student teachers in the district would have the same degree of knowledge and training that she has.


Lynn and Dave White

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you are having a great day!

Lynn Marie


Best Health Innovations of the Year and Why I am OVERJOYED!

Best Health Innovations of the Year and Why I am OVERJOYED!

The other morning I woke up to hear my husband screaming my name from downstairs, he continued to whoop and holler as he made his way upstairs, shouting for me to wake up, a miracle had happened and I would never believe it.

Well everyone in my family knows that if I have actually fallen asleep they better let me sleep as long as possible since my pain has grown so bad I can only sleep for short periods of time. He was sure I would want to see what he had just read in this month’s Popular Science Magazine, and he was right! 

12 best Health Innovations of the YearI could not believe what I read, tears started streaming down my face. All week I have been re-reading the article. We are actually going to frame the article and hang it in my bedroom because it is something my family has hoped and prayed for such a long time now, that the fact it has come to fruition has filled my heart with such joy and gratitude.

I know many of the people who read this blog have health issues too, all 12 (listed below) of the innovations are worthy of the high praise they are receiving and I hope you take a few minutes to follow the link below and read the whole article.

What am I so excited about, though? What still has me tearing up as I think about it? What made this list that has me so excited? Something I never thought I would live to see the day, has happened. 

The #1 Innovation of the Year is a vaccination for Dengue. 

dengue fever symptoms


The 12 Most Important Health Innovations Of The Year
These are the Best Of What’s New
by Alyssa Favreau and Claire Maldarelli 

Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengvaxia: Finally, A Vaccine For Dengue
Dengue—a virus most commonly transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito—infects some 400 million people yearly. It causes high fever, severe headaches, vomiting, and sometimes death. About 40 percent of the world’s population is at risk, and as the climate warms and travel increases, that risk will only climb. This year, the World Health Organization ­started recommending the first vaccine to prevent dengue, and inoculations have begun in hot zones like Brazil and the Philippines. Four viruses cause dengue, so developing a vaccine that protects against all four took researchers 20 years to do. If 20 percent of the population gets vaccinated, dengue cases could drop 50 percent within five years. Controlling dengue could also reduce the $9 billion the disease costs global economies each year.

You can find out more about Dengue here.

Now, most of you have probably never heard of Dengue. I hadn’t myself until almost 9 years ago after I took an extended business trip to Asia. Dengue isn’t just something that you have to worry about when you travel, though. Dengue is now an issue in the US too. It has been a long-standing goal of mine to share more about my health but I could never figure out where to start. This is where it starts, with Dengue. 

dengue mosquitoPeople (especially uninformed doctors) are always asking me what happened in my life that changed me from a person who loved the challenge of working 14 or more hours a day, traveled the world, wouldn’t say no to any kind of adventure, into a woman who is bed-ridden with pain and has a body that has basically turned on itself. It all started with a mosquito bite.

So I have started telling you about my health, but 9 long years is a lot for one blog post. But it is a start and I will be sharing more as we go along now.  Please do read more about the other great innovations of the year that I have listed below.  In future posts, I will share my journey of being diagnosed, but more importantly, how it has affected my body in the long run.

Additional Innovations of the Year
Braeburn Pharmaceuticals’ Probuphine Implant: Easy Opioid Maintenance
Amgen’s IMLYGIC: A Virus That Fights Cancer
Abbott’s Absorb: A Disappearing Cardiac Stent
Withings’ Thermo: A Friendlier Thermometer
Children’s National Medical Center’s STAR: Most Dexterous Robot Surgeon
Olivo Lab’s Second Skin: Stick-On Skincare
Nima: A Pocket Gluten Detector
Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre: A Prickless Glucose Test
MIT’s Rapid Zika Test: A Low-Cost Zika Test
St. Renatus’ Kovanaze Nasal Spray: Needle-Free Dentistry
Shift Labs’ DripAssist: Simpler IV Control

As always, thanks for reading!

Lynn Marie

Product Review :: Watercolor Pencils with Travel Case

Product Review :: Watercolor Pencils with Travel Case


watercolor colored pencils with carrying caseNo doubt about it, I love to color and so of course, love colored pencils and watercolor pencils. This is a nice set that is marketed as both colored pencils and watercolors, I use other pencils both ways so didn’t know there was something special fabrication to differentiate. I do know that some sets are more successful than others, and this is VERY SUCCESSFUL at playing both roles.

* These blend like butter!
* Works wonderfully with water
* Extras included: Pencil case, brush, eraser, and sharpener *see notes about them below
* Six sides to the pencils so they don’t roll
* Coloring is effortless, you don’t need to press hard
* Easy to get a light shade and a dark shade with the same pencil
* Nice colors, 48 pre-sharpened pencils with no repeats. This set has every color you would need for most coloring projects. If it isn’t included, it is so easy to just blend it yourself!

watercolor colored pencils with carrying casewatercolor colored pencils with carrying case
watercolor colored pencils with carrying case
watercolor colored pencils with carrying casewatercolor colored pencils with carrying case

* Once you start using them, you will need to make sure you have your pencil sharpener on hand. They are so soft that you go through them very quickly.
* For good coverage, you may need to go over the same area two times unless you are pressing hard

* This great pencil case makes these pencils easy to take with you anywhere. The case is made of canvas with a PU leather pencil guard and trim. The case is very well sewn and the buttons are strong. You can actually roll this up completely or use the extra button and use the extra strap length it gives you to make a little carrying purse. Roll up your coloring books and it will rest inside of your new little purse and you are set to go!
* The eraser that is included is really nice. When I have used it I can’t even see any marks left over! It wipes away cleanly and easily. I am very impressed with it.
* The brush and the pencil sharpener are just your average tools. They work but there isn’t anything special about them. I do have a tip for sharpening pencils, though: Hold your pencil steady and turn the pencil sharpener. You will have less waste of your pencils that way and get a sharper tip quicker.

This is really a great set for beginners to advanced hobbyist. I have certainly been impressed with it and I am very picky about what I use to color with. No two brands that I have tried have ever been the same. The pencils are above average and the case and eraser take this to a 5-star rating!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Artustry Colored Pencil Set PLUS Watercolor – Includes: 48 Pencils, Protective Roll Up Canvas Case, Watercolor Brush, Eraser, and Pencil Sharpener on Amazon and received it at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. (This review was originally published on Amazon before the changes in TOS.)