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University of Iowa News Release

July 1, 2003

Parent/Therapist/Writer To Speak On Reactive Attachment Disorders

Jane Ryan, author of Broken Spirits-Lost Souls: Loving Children with Attachment and Bonding Difficulties, will speak about reactive attachment disorders from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, July 7, in Rembolt Conference Room 120 at the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The free event is open to the public. The CDD, which is hosting the event, is located at 100 Hawkins Drive in Iowa City.

Ryan is an adoptive and biological mother with two children who have reactive attachment disorder. She has three decades of experience as a therapist and educator for youngsters with attachment disorders and their families. In addition to training and personal experience, Ryan's expertise in reactive attachment disorders includes research with parents across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Ryan will discuss the following issues as they relate to reactive attachment disorders:
-- The bonding process and what happens when that goes awry
-- Causes and symptoms of attachment difficulties
-- Treatment concerns and resources
-- Prevention
-- Care of the parents and professionals who are living with/treating children with attachment disorders

A counseling graduate of Rhode Island College, Ryan provides mental health services at the Bryan LGH Medical Center West in Lincoln, Neb. She also is writing screenplays and a novel.

The UI Center for Disabilities and Development provides services such as Theraplay for children with attachment and bonding difficulties. To refer your family or others for services at the center, call 877-686-0031 (toll-free, voice), 877-686-0032 (toll-free, TTY) or 319-353-6900 (local).

For questions about the July 7 event, contact Arlys Thompson, CDD in-service education coordinator, at 319-356-1521.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660,
July 7 event: Arlys Thompson, writer, 319-356-1521

REACTIVE ATTACHMENT SERVICES: UI Center for Disabilities and Development, 877-686-0031 (toll-free, voice), 877-686-0032 (toll-free, TTY) or 319-353-6900 (local).