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Achieving Attunement: Radically Open Caregiver Support Group 

Achieving Attunement is a support group for parents/caregivers of neurodivergent children seeking to connect with themselves and their children to achieve attunement: the ability to identify, understand, and appropriately respond to social-emotional needs. Attunement is both a neurobiological process and a learned skill, and is a catalyst for secure attachment, emotional intelligence and maturity, emotional regulation, and mental wellness.
Read more about Attunement on our Blog: The Unlearning Center.

This Support Group will focus on:

  • Achieving attunement: we will learn how to notice, assess, and appropriately respond to the social emotional needs of ourselves and our children in a neurodiversity-affirming manner.

  • Developing Radical Openness: we will develop openness to change and a commitment to reframing unwanted or distressing bodily sensations, emotions, or thoughts as opportunities for growth and learning.

  • Assessing Stress Response System Patterns: we will assess all aspects of our stress responses, including our somatic body-based sensations, the emotional meaning we assign to our bodily sensations, the cognitive conclusions we draw from our emotions, and the behavioral patterns we use in an attempt to regain safety. 

  • Learning new paradigms: we will study and adopt new perspectives including the Disability Justice Movement, Liberation Health Model, Salutogenic vs. Pathogenic Health Model, various Models of Disability (medical, social, occupational), as well as Trauma-Assumed and Neurodiversity-Affirming Perspectives.

  • Engaging in psychoeducation: topics will include relational attunement and attachment, neurodiversity-affirming paradigms, and the work of Dr. Stephen Porges, Dr. Bruce Perry, Dr. Judith Herman, Dr. Arielle Schwartz, and Dr. Thomas Lynch, among others. 

  • Adopting a systems perspective: we will reflect on impacts of dis-ability within all levels of the social context, including individual, familial, societal, systemic, and intergenerational.

  • Offering & Receiving Mutual Support: we will grow together in a safe and supportive virtual community. 

Join us to learn and thrive together as a community by Achieving Attunement with ourselves and our families.



Please note: these closed groups are census-dependent, meaning the group will start once enrollment is full. To enroll in the group, schedule a free 15 minute Initial Consultation or email Laurie at


When: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30pm, January - July 2024


  • Clients: this group is open to residents of Colorado who are parents/caregivers of neurodivergent children

  • Provider: this group is led by Laurie Finnegan, LCSW

Where: Google Meet videocall



Private pay: (Sliding Scale and Superbills available upon request)

  • Intake Assessment + Plan Session (60 minutes): $200

  • Support Groups (60 minutes): $50 per person, per group

In-network insurance: 

  • Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus (Colorado Medicaid, all 7 regions)

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Beacon Health Strategies

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • Optum Health

  • United Behavioral Health

“Mis-attunement happens to all parents. Problems arise when interactions leading to ruptures become the norm. This is the genesis of attachment trauma. A parent’s determination to repair ruptures soon after they have occurred, on the other hand, builds emotional security”.  Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW
“Some children may have a very different temperament than that of a parent, or may not communicate affection in the same way, which can interfere with the quality of their emotional relationship. Parents can use a variety of techniques to increase their level of attunement” - Child Development Institute
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