Reactive Attachment Disorder Support and Resources

Never in a million years would I have thought I would be a parent of two children with Reactive Attachment Disorder.  Heck, I didn't even know Reactive Attachment Disorder existed until I was an adoptive mother holding my daughter in my arms, asking myself why loving her was so dang hard.  I thought it was all my fault.

And one would have thought when daughter number two came along through the foster care system that I would have recognized what was going on right away.  

But I didn't.  

I wasn't the target this time.  

Instead I thought my husband was having a nervous breakdown.

It still amazes me how Reactive Attachment can affect the life of an innocent child and those trying to love her.  No one should have to go down this difficult road alone.

It is dark, and lonely, and oh so painful.

For these reasons, I've decided to speak out.  My husband joins me.  If there is anyone out there looking for Reactive Attachment Disorder Support and Resources this page is for you.  It contains all of our posts related to the subject for easy access.
Some are informational. Others provide ideas that may or may not work in your situation.  Many of them are raw and emotional.

Reactive Attachment Disorder Support and Resources for parents and caregivers.

A Glimpse of Family Life with Reactive Attachment Disorder

There's no way to help others completely understand what life is like when raising a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder, but here we attempt.  These resources are for those who are in the trenches looking for support.  They're also for individuals who have a sincere desire to learn more without passing judgement.
I Just Want to Feel Safe When Nightmares Become RealityAm I Going Crazy?Day to Day Life Parenting A Child with Reactive Attachment Disorder A Birth Mother's LoveDiagnosis Day From the Mother of a Bully It's Personal:  DocumentationSunshine and Reactive Attachment DisorderTo Princess:  The Day I Became Your MotherTo Sunshine: The Day I Became YOur MotherDecision to Homeschool

Parenting Strategies and Guidance

There are so many parenting books out there that one would think it'd be easy to find solutions to the problems that arise with a child who has Reactive Attachment Disorder, but the opposite is true.  So little help is available.

Here we share tried and true strategies that have worked for us as well as important guidance that every family dealing with Reactive Attachment Disorder should know.  We hope this section is helpful to you. And if a strategy doesn't work in your situation, perhaps reading our experiences will help you come up with something that may work.
A Safety Plan for Mental Health 10 Ways to Help Family with Special Needs Children4 Steps to Managing Aggressive BehaviorsOne Sure Way to Help Your Child Work Through Emotions5 Lessons to Teach Kids About Balancing EmotionsWhen food is your child's enemyChildhood Trauma and Mother's DayThe Choice to Medicate Your Special Needs ChildWhat Does Normal Look Like?It's Personal:  Burn OutPreparing for an appointment with a developmental pediatricianThe Realities of Reactive Attachment Disorder and Mental Health TherapyI Think There's Something Wrong with My ChildRAD:  Trust and ParentingRAD:  Behaviors and Consequences

Printables and Other Resources

And finally, a support and resources page would not be complete without some fabulous printables and resources for you to use at home or on the go.

Printables

Charting the ABCs of Behavioral Analysis   Free Christmas Visual Schedule for Kids Trick-or-treating social story Incident Questionnaires for ParentsFun Ways to Teach Children About Emotions

Anxiety Kits and Fidgets

Anxiety Kit for Kids Who Love Princesses Anxiety Kit for Kids Who Love Baby Dolls Sensory Resources for Children Who Need to ChewMust Have Fidget Toys

Books and Movies

Holidays and PTSD: A Parent's Guide to Survival Movie Review:  The Boarder      Book Review:  Beyond Consequences
We hope that the support and resources here help you on your journey as a parent or caregiver of a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder.  The path we have chosen is not an easy one.  Know you are never alone!

Reactive Attachment Disorder Support and Resources for parents and caregivers.

2 comments:

  1. We just discovered your blog after a horrible night with our 8 year old RAD son. Your realistic and compassionate portrayal of the reality of living this life with a RAD youngster is incredibly comforting and relieving. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. It made my day. I wish I could give you a hug, hopefully a virtual one will suffice. I am so thankful that you were able to find comfort in what I have written. It is such a lonely road, being a parent of a child with RAD. Know I am always here. Much love!

      Renae

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