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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Resources: Books for Parents & Professionals



Without Conscience, by Robert D. Hare
Psychopaths are social predators who charm, manipulate, and ruthlessly plow their way through life, leaving a broad trail of broken hearts, shattered expectations, and empty wallets. Completely lacking in conscience and in feelings for others, they selfishly take what they want and do as they please. In Without Conscience Robert Hare argues convincingly that "psychopath" and "antisocial personality disorder" (a psychiatric term defined by a cluster of criminal behaviors) are not the same thing. Not all psychopaths are criminals, he says, and not all criminals are psychopaths. He proposes a psychopathy checklist that includes emotional/interpersonal traits such as glibness, grandiosity, lack of guilt, and shallow emotions, as well as social deviance traits such as impulsiveness, lack of responsibility, and antisocial behavior. His writing is lucid and illustrated with numerous anecdotes. The final chapter, "A Survival Guide," is especially recommended: as Hare writes, "Psychopaths are found in every segment of society, and there is a good chance that eventually you will have a painful or humiliating encounter with one. 236 pages. Personal Note: This is a scary book, and I should emphasize that most children with reactive attachment disorder do not grow to be sociopaths. However, it is probably also true that most sociopaths suffered from reactive attachment disorder as children.



Love is a Start : The Real Challenges of Raising Children With Emotional Disorders, by Donna Shilts
This book is for parents who are raising children with brain-based disorders. The disorder might be Autism, Aspberger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity, Neurologically Based Learning Disabilities, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Clinical Depression or Bipolar Manic Depression. This book is for parents. Shilts' children are now in adolescence and leading full and productive lives. Shilts is in private practice teaching other parents in her area how they too can bring nature and nurture together to develop the child from the inside out. 328 pages.



We Adopted a Dusty Miller: One Family's Journey with an Attachment Disorder Child, by Phyllis Bosley
"We Adopted a Dusty Miller" is a spellbinding and unusually frank narration of the roller coaster ride parents experience when they love a difficult child and are not successful in finding help. A strong marriage, a supportive family, a sense of humor, a persistent attitude, and the ability, finally, to let go of a heartbreaking situation combine to reveal a picture of the difficult journey many parents endure. The author tells in rapid succession the experiences and feelings that are common to parents of children suffering from Reactive Attachment Disorder, and/or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effect. The book describes the behavior usually present in children who are in need of therapeutic care. It provides an argument for the development of wrap-around services for these children and their families, demonstrating the need for community understanding and support. It offers a clear picture of the depth of disturbance that may be present in a child who, to outsiders, seems very charming. Having survived the experience with marriage intact, the Bosleys resolved to offer friendship and encouragement to other families traveling this difficult path in the hope that their daughter?s story will not be repeated. 108 pages.



Fostering Changes: Treating Attachment-Disordered Foster Children, by Richard J. Delaney
2nd edition. "'Fostering Changes' is an excellent resource for training foster parents. It gives a clear, easily understood format for foster parents that want to learn more about the children in their care." - Bonnie McNulty, Foster Parent for 33 years, Region VIII Vice-President of National Foster Parent Association, CEO of Presidio, Inc. "It would have been great to have had this book five years ago, when I started foster care. It is such a useful tool for sorting out the many odd behaviors, not normally experienced in society's so-called normal homes." 104 pages.



Fostering Changes: Myth, Meaning And Magic Bullets in Attachment Theory, by Richard J. Delaney
Foster, kinship, and adopted children often experience neglect, abuse, malnutrition, or other trauma before being placed in foster or adoptive care. Consequential emotional disruptions often present problematic acting out behavior that can cause caregivers to question if and how the children receive optimal treatment in their homes. Drawing on attachment theory and research, Fostering Changes addresses these concerns through focus on understanding children from troubled environments and helping them feel secure and valuable so they accept parents as partners and caregivers. The author also addresses the diagnosis or misdiagnosis of Reactive Attachment Disorder, a condition linked to early maltreatment, abandonment, and sexual exploitation. Fostering Changes aids caregivers and treatment providers in understanding and reducing problem behavior by promoting the expression of needs and emotions to enhance the child's well being and encourage positive interaction with parents. Paperback. 160 pages.



Raising Cain: Caring for Troubled Youngsters/Repairing our Troubled System, by Richard J. Delaney and Terry McNerney
"Raising Cain" provides the understanding of disturbed foster/adoptive children their parents have been searching for. Dr. Delaney offers refreshing innovative strategies in addresing problematic behavioral and systemic barriers these children endure. An insightful tool for service providers and families to assist foster/adoptive children in their recovery from past experiences, 'Raising Cain' is recommended for everyone that comes in contact with foster/adoptive families." 151 pages.



Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior, by Russell A. Barkley and Christine M. Benton
Offers tools and strategies to turn your child's behavior around. Explains eight steps for reversing patterns of interaction that turn everyday encounters into conflicts. Learn how to pay positive attention to your child, communicate productively, and discipline wisely. For consumers. 239 pages. Personal Note: While not specific to reactive attachment disorder, the book contains useful information.



Defiant Children, Second Edition: A Clinician's Manual for Assessment and Parent Training, by Russell A. Barkley
Because the manual is written so that the information and materials contained in it can be passed on to parents, it is easy to understand. One strength of the material is that alternatives are always provided for when the inevitable occurs-the child misbehaves and the current strategy is ineffective. Nurses who have the background to conduct assessment of pediatric behavioral problems will find this manual a valuable tool for formal mental-health interventions with parents, but pediatric nurses who regularly provide anticipatory guidance on discipline, such as pediatric nurse practitioners, could also use the information contained in the Steps, such as how to use time-out or reward systems. The spiral binding makes it easier to use in training sessions. 264 pages. Personal Note: While not specific to reactive attachment disorder, this book contains some useful information.



How To Raise Your Child's Emotional Intelligence: 101 Ways To Bring Out The Best In Your Children And Yourself, by Allen Nagy and Geraldine F. Nagy
Provides parents with specific guidelines for raising the emotional intelligence of their children from infancy to adolescence. It builds on the idea that parents play a crucial role in determining the emotional intelligence (EQ) of their children--not only in the way they interact with their children but in the way they manage their own emotional and social lives. Through practical suggestions, lively stories, and inspirational quotes, How To Raise Your Child's Emotional Intelligence, gives parents realistic ways to nourish EQ as they go through the process of daily living. It is the hope of Drs. Allen and Geraldine Nagy that parents from all walks of life will use this book to inspire themselves and their partners, and to raise confident, responsible, honest, assertive, kind, and goal oriented children. Because of the warm, inspirational writing style, this book is an excellent gift for Moms, Dads, or anyone that cares about children. 198 pages.



Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, by Sherrie Eldridge
With warmth and candor, Sherrie Eldridge reveals the twenty complex emotional issues you must understand to nurture the adopted child you love -- that he must grieve his loss now if he is to receive love fully in the future -- that she needs honest information about her birth family no matter how painful the details may be -- and that although he may choose to search for his birth family, he will always rely on you to be his parents. 222 pages.



Trauma, Attachment, and Family Permanence: Fear Can Stop You Loving, by Caroline Archer
Associates of Family Futures, a British counseling organization for families who adopt, explain the group?s approach and methods. Topics include the coherent narrative, attachment theory revisited, a parent?s perspective, a rationale for the intensive program, and the drama of adoption. The book adopts an inclusive approach, valuing the parent as a central member of the therapeutic team. Contributions from user families illustrate the challenges of bringing up fostered or adopted children and show how the attachment-based approach has worked for them. 224 pages.

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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