Learn About Attachment Disorder and Attachment Challenges

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Symptoms, risks, treatment types, and family experiences to help parents understand what is and what isn't attachment disorder and how to help children with attachment challenges of varying degrees.

Symptoms of Attachment Disorder

Do you know what to look for? Are your child's behaviors attachment-related? A list of symptoms.... [more]

It's a RAD RAD World

Families living with the challenges of Reactive Attachment Disorder were the focus of an evening of chat. Listen in and benefit from the experience of these committed parents.... [more]

Reflections of an Adult Adoptee

An attachment-affected adult adoptee offers a look back at a painful past and forward to a hopeful future... a story shared to encourage community dialog as a means of greater understanding.... [more]

Rebirthing Controversy

The death of a 10-year old North Carolina adoptee raised serious questions about practitioners and therapies in the treatment of Attachment Disorder.... [more]

When The Going Gets Tough

Attachment challenges are not uncommon. Being informed and prepared ahead of time can save your family.... [more]

Adoption Attachment & Bonding
An entire section of the Adoption.com site devoted to attachment and bonding, with articles, forums, and access to an attachment professional.

Attachment Symptoms
In this article, Walter D. Buenning, Ph.D. addresses symptoms and provides checklists for both children and infants.

Bonding & Attachment Before Birth
These patterns color all later relationship dynamics and have a lifelong impact on personal intimacy, family relationships, and social dynamics.

Children at Risk for RAD
Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, by Keith Reber, M.A., from the Phillips Graduate Institute. A great article hidden in a very slow loading FLASH site. Follow the links to "Publications" then to Progress, then to the article.

Practical Attachment
Whether you have adopted or are considering adopting a complicated child, you'll find information about the effects of institutionalization, language, and behavior issues. [Soon to be updated.]

"Raising the Post-Institutionalized Child"
Dr. Ron Federici is one of the foremost U.S. experts in problems encountered by children who have spent formative years in an institutional setting, such as an orphanage. The article explores traits and characteristics and offers suggestions for pre- and post-adoptive parents.

Reactive Attachment Disorder
Several resources for parents and prospective parents from At Health, Inc. about recognizing and coping with this disorder.

The "Attachment Disorder" Trap
Adoptive mother and advocate Teri Doolittle warns about assuming your child has AD. From Practical Attachment.

Time to Understand
Excellent, well-written explanations, definitions, symptoms, and development at various ages.

Treating Attachment Disorder
Parenting techniques to help adopted children suffering from attachment disorder.

What is Attachment?
A description of the emotional connection that develops between an infant and his/her primary caregiver.

When to Hold and When to Fold
Dr. Nancy Spoolstra tells her personal story of parenting and working with RAD children. Excellent insight into a family setting (pdf format).

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