Monday, August 28, 2006

First Question from the Think Tank (not originated by yours truly)

Lori writes to find out about Reactive Attachment Disorder. I am wondering what the characteristics of it would be and how R.A.D. would have been developed in a child?

Please answer on the comments section if possible (I’m finding this is cutting and pasting is taking a LOT more time than I thought it would).


Blogger Kimberly Willis said...

Attachment is a learning process and is formed from infancy to 3 years of age through "normal" parenting. Causes of detachment: abuse, physical pain, depression in mother, extended separation from caregiver, or having multiple caregivers. Signs:(1) Child finds a way to get everybody not to like them. (2) Complains of a lot of physical ailments (3) Talks a lot about death, dying, killing, fires, etc. (4) No differentiation between people (5) can be very kind acting and gentle as long as they are not told "no" (6) Absolutely hates themselves beyond possibility of expression and does not feel any better about anyone else

3:21 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

My RAD kiddos shows no emotion, stares blankly at everything including his own birthday parties, the death of a grandparent, etc. He likes to pit one parent against the other. He loves to hug and show [fake] affection to everyone and turn and smirk at us. Lies about everything. to name a few. I'm learning RAD starts before birth.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I would be very interested to hear more from Kris about RAD starting prior to birth. I've never heard that before and would like to hear more about that if possible. Thanks-

6:37 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I have two kids with RAD. One has "attached" to us now after going through intensive therapy; the other has not attached as much. She's a lot like Kris's kiddo with fake affection towards others and and what Kimberly stated about no stranger anxiety. We are also providing long-term respite care for a 14-year-old RADdie. She has absolutely no self-esteem and sabotages her relationships to "prove" that others do not really love her.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Claudia said...

Martha, a CPS worker in TX, says:

RAD is a little bit out of fashion these days. Most kids with attachment problems can be helped through careful parenting and therapy. The place to find out about it is on the internet. Look for materials by Foster Kine and his associates. There are scary films about this available.

Bonding theory is the basis for sutdy of attachment difficulties. Check the works of Bowlby on development of attachment. If the cycle of attachment is disrupted, usually by more than one caregiver/child pair, then attachment challenges could start. Usually the problems are not RADICAL however.

12:36 PM  

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