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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Books for Parents & Professionals



The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family, by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine.
Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, The Connected Child will help you build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child, effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders, and discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened. Paperback. 288 pages.



An Unlit Path, by Deborah, L Hannah
A true story of one family's journey, although tragic, it raises awareness to the inherent risks and rewards of adoption and foster care. From a prospective parent's standpoint, this book dispels unrealistic and idealized expectations; yet from a Christian perspective, it offers spiritual insight into understanding, acceptance, and forgiveness. Paperback. 272 pages.



Unfolding the Tent: Advocating for Your One-of-a-Kind Child, by Anne Addison.
This book, directed to the parents of children with neurological and related disorders, introduces the concept of life mapping as a systematic approach to developing goals and strategies that guide an individual towards reaching his highest potential. Paperback. 192 pages.


Coming to Grips with Attachment: The Guidebook for Developing Mutual Well-being in Parent-Child Relationships, by Katharine Leslie
In normal, healthy parent-child relationships, parents and children earn the gifts of relationship by meeting one another's needs. If your child is not meeting your needs, it is probably because he does not trust you, he does not love you, and he does not claim you. Very likely, he doesn't know how, and you can't make that happen by loving him. The goal of this book is to help parents and their children achieve mutual well-being, using interventions that are non-harmful and helpful to both the child and the parent. The book's focus is on helping kids be reciprocal, to interact with their new parents in positive and gratifying ways. Paperback.



Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk: A Caseworker's Story, by Marc Parent and Anna Quindlen.
Marc Parent worked for four years as a caseworker for Emergency Children's Services in New York, acting as the final protector of children from abusive parents, as "the one on the front line--the last hope for a kid in trouble." His job was to make house calls and decide if a child needed to be removed at once. He has selected eight cases illustrating the extreme pressures of the work and indicating why it is that the system so often fails in its mission. He recounts unsparingly how three years into his job he made a fatal mistake, failing to recognize the plight of a little boy who later died of starvation. This compelling account is an important documenting of the weaknesses of the child support system. Paperback. 400 pages.



Parenting From the Inside Out, by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell.
In Parenting from the Inside Out, child psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., explore the extent to which our childhood experiences actually do shape the way we parent. Drawing upon stunning new findings in neurobiology and attachment research, they explain how interpersonal relationships directly impact the development of the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories, which will help them raise compassionate and resilient children. Paperback. 272 pages.



Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child, by Cathy Glass
Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass. At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to accept Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution. Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face. As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs. Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy. Cathy urges the Social Services to provide funding, but instead they decide to take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit. Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie's future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what -- her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable. Hardcover. 309 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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