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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Resources: Books for Parents & Professionals



 

 

High Risk : Children Without a Conscience, by Ken Magid and Carole A. McKelvey
A compelling study of "children without a conscience" including case histories that explore the development of antisocial behavior. Explains what "unattached" and "unbonded," in terms that anyone can understand, and warns of the potential outcomes of untreated attachment disorder. The authors discusses various treatments without giving a preference for one over another. 339 pages.

 

 

Children of Rage: Preventing Youth Violence after Columbine, by Carole Corner McKelvey, Conrad J. Boeding
An explanation of how the American social climate contributes to violence by youth, offering insights into what has gone wrong with our youth today. Carole A. Conner McKelvey,MA,LPC is the director of REACh, an anti-youth violence program based in Colorado. She has many years of experience working with at-risk youth and she has authored several books, including co-authoring "High Risk: Children with a Conscience." Conrad Boeding, MA is the founder and executive director of Human Passages Institute, an organization dedicated to helping children with attachment disorders. He is the author of "The Love Disorder", a book outlining Dynamic Attachment Therapy, a powerful new approach to understanding and caring for difficult children.

 

 

Help for the Hopeless Child: A Guide for Families, by Ronald S. Federici.
2nd edition. An intelligent and insightful book that examines the special problems of the post-institutionalized child. Dr. Federici's personal and professional experience with this population adds a dynamic dimension to this work which reaches well beyond a dry medical text. Guided by his extensive professional and personal experience with these "hopeless" children, Dr. Federici helps parents navigate through the complexities of medical and behavioral services for children with complex problems to help their child reach his or her full potential. 212 pages.

 

 

Handbook for Treatment of Attachment-Trauma Problems in Children, by Beverly James
To become a psychologically healthy human being, a child must have a relationship with an adult that is protective, nurturing, and that fosters development. Lacking this type of relationship can traumatize a child, resulting in serious attachment disorders. The Handbook for Treatment of Attachment-Trauma Problems in Children offers clinical suggestions for those who are charged with the critical task of instilling a deep sense of trust and security in children. 290 pages. Personal Note: I found this text to be rich in information but, as it was intended for professionals, it presumes a base level of expertise that many parents, including myself, do not have.

 

 

Treating Traumatized Children : New Insights and Creative Interventions, by Beverly James
James carefully delineates the do?s and don?ts, teaches us what step in treatment follows what other step, and cautions us on what will happen if we are impatient or act from our own agenda. Intended for the professional. 269 pages.

 

 

Treating Sexually Abused Children and Their Families, by Beverly James
Profiles the victims, victimizers, and their families. Describes the cycle of abuse, the phases of treatment, and the qualities demanded of therapists who work with these patients. Not specific to reactive attachment disorder, although many children suffering from RAD have been victims of sexual abuse. Intended for the professional. 152 pages.

 

 

Don?t Touch My Heart : Healing the Pain of an Unattached Child, by Lynda Gianforte Mansfield and Christopher H. Waldmann
A realistic view of life with an attachment disordered child. Published in 1994, this is an older book but it is unique in that it is intended to be read with the child. Parents should not be afraid of the much maligned technique referred to in this book as "holding therapy," as this is not the same thing as "rage reduction therapy" or "rebirthing therapy," both of which have been connected to deaths of children. When a child has clearly lost control of his emotions and is beside himself with anger, a properly structured holding experience is healing.

 

 

Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence, by Robin Karr-Morse, Meredith S. Wiley, and T. Berry Brazelton
Cutting to the heart of the alarming trend of violence committed by children, Ghosts from the Nursery gives startling new evidence that violent behavior is fundamentally linked to abuse and neglect in the first two years of life. In absorbing and accessible prose, Robin Karr-Morse and Meredith S. Wiley present case histories of "children who kill," focusing specifically on Jeffrey, a nineteen-year-old who sits on death row for a murder committed at age sixteen, along with recent research that shows how infancy is the stage during which the foundations for trust, empathy, conscience, and lifelong learning are laid down-or the predisposition to violent behavior is "hardwired" into the brain. Ghosts from the Nursery makes a convincing case for the revolution in our beliefs about the care of babies. Personal Note: While most children with reactive attachment disorder will not grow to become murderers, we should always be aware that some do. This book should serve as a warning to those who might otherwise think that attachment therapy is too much of a problem. 256 pages.

 

 

Inside The Brain : Revolutionary Discoveries of How the Mind Works, by Kotulak.
The brain and how it works has long been one of life's more intriguing mysteries. Ronald Kotulak, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, explores some of the secrets of the human brain by marshaling the work of the leading researchers in the field. This book, the culmination of Kotulak's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, offers theories on how environment, diet, and a host of other factors affect neurological development. Among other things, the book offers groundbreaking evidence on how unhealthy surroundings foster serious imbalances in neurological chemicals and, in turn, unhealthy or violent behavior. Inside the Brain is essential reading for parents, those concerned with sociological factors on development, or anyone curious about the workings of the mind. 240 pages. Personal Note: While not at all specific to reactive attachment disorder, this book does a pretty good job of explaining the development of the human brain, and the sections on how the environment affects neurological development is certainly applicable.

 

 

The Things I Want Most: The Extraordinary Story of a Boy's Journey to a Family of His Own, by Richard F. Miniter
Since his removal from an abusive home, eleven-year-old Mike had been placed with a dozen foster families and institutions. Medication could not control his defiant, violent behavior. The overwhelming conclusion: nothing more could be done. Mike was labeled severely emotionally disturbed and a hopeless case by the children's home in which he lived. When Richard and Sue Miniter, who'd raised six children of their own, read his file they found no indication that Mike even wanted help. Then, almost by accident, they came across a single sheet of blue paper labeled "The Things I Want Most." Beneath that headline, written in a child's sprawling, smudgy scrawl, were the words: "A Family, A Fishing Pole, A Family." They decided to take him in. Portraying the unpredictability, frustration, and heartbreak of everyday life with a bright but uncontrollable child scarred by abuse, The Things I Want Most is the engaging and earnest story of the Miniters' first year with Mike. Despite the broken windows, attention demands, temper tantrums, and even fires, Mike and his new family survived their difficult first year together. Sustained by prayer, imagination, and the love of other family members (not the least of whom was Mike himself), they managed to turn the challenges into changes. Drawing readers into the hearts and minds of the Miniter family, The Things I Want Most is a testament to the reserves of strength and love it took to convince Mike that it just might be possible to have what he wanted most - a loving family. 288 pages. Personal Note: This is an excellent book. Although I was often frustrated with the seeming lack of communication between the parents, this added to the the book?s credibility.

Note: When available, and when money is an object, please consider purchasing a used book rather than a new one. While I don't earn nearly as much of a commission on the sale of used books, the difference in cost to you is worth considering. With the money you've saved, go out and buy yourself something. -- ken


 


Last Modified on: Saturday, August 08, 2009


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