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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Resources: Books for Parents & Professionals




Building the Bonds of Attachment : Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children, by Daniel A. Hughes
Daniel A. Hughes, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in Waterville, Maine, where he specializes in child abuse and neglect, attachment, foster care, and adoption. He provides consultation to family services programs and also to therapists, case managers, and parents struggling with the treatment of attachment deficits in children. With the unmistakable authority of a clinician, Dan Hughes builds a stirring story around the composite figure of Katie ? a fragmented, tormented, isolated little girl in foster care whose terror, shame, rage and despair drive her to deeds like lacing the family hamburger with her own feces ? in order to expose the tragedy of the attachment-impaired child. 312 pages. Personal Note: This book, more than any other, was effective in personalizing reactive attachment disorder. The book helped to teach me about the disorder even as it taught me to parent a child suffering from it.



Facilitating Developmental Attachment : The Road to Emotional Recovery and Behavioral Change in Foster and Adopted Children, by Daniel A. Hughes
This book shows how to work successfully with emotional and behavioral problems rooted in deficient early attachments. In particular, it addresses the emotional difficulties of many of the foster and adopted children living in our country who are unable to form secure attachments. Traditional interventions, which do not teach parents how to successfully engage the child, frequently do not provide the means by which the seriously damaged child can form the secure attachment that underlies behavioral change. Dr. Daniel Hughes maps out a treatment plan designed to help the child begin to experience and accept, from both the therapist and the parents, affective attunement that he or she should have received in the first few years of life. Thus far, this has been the most informative of the texts that I?ve read on the subject. Personal Note: This text is perhaps equally helpful to the parent and therapist.



Attachment-focused Family Therapy, by Daniel A. Hughes
Attachment theory, while a hot topic in psychotherapy, has primarily been limited to the treatment of individuals. Daniel A. Hughes, a leading practitioner in the field, equips clinicians with the knowledge and tools to apply ideas of attachment, intersubjectivity, and affect regulation in the context of family therapy. In his book on treating the entire family, Dan Hughes delivers a clear and useful summary of his synthetic approach to family therapy. Hardcover. 288 pages.



Attachment-Focused Parenting: Effective Strategies to Care for Children, by Daniel A. Hughes
Attachment security and affect regulation have long been buzzwords in therapy circles, but rarely are they effectively applied to basic parenting skills. Here, Dr. Daniel Hughes, a leading attachment specialist, brings attachment work inside the therapy room to the outside, equipping caregivers with practical parenting techniques rooted in attachment theory and research. This book will be of use to all parents, not just those whose children suffer from reactive attachment disorder. Published in 2009. Hardcover. 200 pages.



When Love is Not Enough : A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD - Reactive Attachment Disorder, by Nancy L. Thomas
Nancy Thomas is a Therapeutic Parenting Specialist. She and her husband, Jerry, have shared their life and home for over 20 years with severely emotionally disturbed children, children with RAD, ADD, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, and bipolar. Nancy specializes in bonding, conscience development, and building self esteem. 90% of the children placed in her care had killed. She has a very high success rate in working with these high risk children. Nancy has trained thousands of parents in her powerful parenting methods. These methods are helping children to learn to be respectful, responsible, and fun to be with. 117 pages. Personal Note: If you are faced with parenting a child who is suffering from reactive attachment disorder, this is the first book that you should buy. Written for the parent, this book doesn't go into a whole lot of clinical stuff that you don't need to know or read about. It's a no-nonsense primer on parenting a RAD kid.



Dandelion on My Pillow, Butcher Knife Beneath, by Nancy L. Thomas
This is the true story of an amazing family that lived and loved kids who have killed. This shocking and thought provoking account is the story of emotionally lost children and how some have found their way back. Through the work by this courageous family comes this spellbinding metamorphosis of nine children without a conscience. Although it stems from the deepest of human suffering, each shining triumph will leave you uplifted and celebrating life. Personal Note: One of the many amazing things about this book is that it is co-authored by two of Nancy's grown children, healed survivors of reactive attachment disorder. Nancy's first book should be first on your list, but this one makes an interesting addition, if only for the fact that it allows you to see that kids do make it through.



Give Me a Break : Help for Exhausted Parents of Difficult Children, featuring Nancy Thomas.
A powerful video tool, featuring Nancy Thomas, to help parents and professionals find and train babysitters and respite providers to deal with children with attachment disorders.



Holding Time : How to Eliminate Conflict, Temper Tantrums, and Sibling Rivalry and Raise Happy, Loving, Successful Children, by Martha G. Welch
A revolutionary approach to mother-child bonding that can make all children happier, more cooperative, and more self-confident. This simple, scientific program is based on the nurturing bond that forms when you hold your child. With regular holding time sessions, you?ll see your child become more loving and less demanding as your own self esteem grows. Personal Note: Please don't make the mistake of mistaking the bonding act of holding a hurt child, as described by Martha Welch, with rage reduction therapy, sometimes referred to as holding therapy, which has been so thoroughly discredited. A pioneer of attachment therapy, Welch's book continues to be a very useful book today.



Adopting the Hurt Child : Hope for Families With Special-Needs Kids : A Guide for Parents and Professionals, by Gregory C. Keck and Regina M. Kupecky
Few families wishing to adopt are able to bring home a happy and healthy infant, for most adoptions today involve emotionally wounded, older children. Presenting a comprehensive picture of all aspects of adoption, this is a beneficial guide that integrates social and psychological issues with other issues that interrupt adopted children's normal development. This updated edition includes information on foreign adoption. 256 pages. Personal Note: Both Keck and Kupecky are giants in the field of attachment therapy. While this isn't one of the books that we relied on, I have read through most of it and recommend it highly for both parents and therapists.



Parenting the Hurt Child : Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow, by Gregory C. Keck and Regina M. Kupecky
When a child is adopted, he can arrive with hurts from the past, pain that stunts his emotional growth, and your family's life, too. At some point your parenting dreams can shatter, and raising a hurt child becomes more like a burden than a blessing. But don't give up. With time, patience, informed parenting, and appropriate therapy, your adopted child can heal, grow, and develop beyond what seems possible now. From insights gathered through years of working with adopted kids who have experienced early trauma, Gregory C. Keck and Regina M. Kupecky explain how to manage a hurting child with loving wisdom and resolve, and how to preserve your stability while untangling their thorny hearts. "We hope that what we share will give you strength, courage, and commitment," write the authors. "We hope you will tap into your own resources and creativity to become the parent you've always wanted to be." If you've adopted a child, whatever the circumstances, you'll find hope and healing on these pages ? for you, your family, and especially your adopted child. 256 pages. Personal Note: Keck and Kupecky are well known in the field of attachment therapy, and their books are highly recommended by everyone who has read them.



Handbook of Attachment Interventions, by Terry M. Levy and Nancy L. Thomas,
Evergreen Consultants in Human Behavior, CO. Discusses how attachment disorders relate to subsequent antisocial behavior patterns and other disorders. Also addresses special patient populations and techniques for intervention. For mental health practitioners, developmental psychologists, and interested parents. 289 pages. Personal Note: I haven't yet read this book, but both Levy and Thomas are very well known in the field of attachment therapy and attachment parenting, and Evergreen is perhaps the first recognized attachment center, so it's probably worth taking a look at.



Attachment, Trauma, and Healing : Understanding and Treating Attachment Disorder in Children and Families, by Terry M. Levy, Michael Orlans, and Kathryn Brohl
Attachment is the deep and enduring connection established between a child and caregiver in the first few years of life. It profoundly influences every component of the human condition: mind, body, emotions, relationships, and values. Attachment, Trauma, and Healing examines the causes of attachment disorder, and provides in-depth discussion on effective solutions--including attachment-focused assessment and diagnosis, specialized training and education for caregivers, the controversial "in arms" treatment for children and caregivers, and early intervention and prevention programs for high-risk families. 313 pages.



99 Ways to Drive Your Child Sane, by Brita St. Clair
This little book is full of wild ideas and hysterical humor to bring the laughter back into a home with an emotionally disturbed child. Need a good laugh? This book will do it! It includes lots of "one liners" and silly, fun ways to help parents avoid anger around tough topics. Written by a very experienced and loving Therapeutic Mom with years of success helping tough kids heal. 108 pages. Personal Note: While this book will probably not turn you into an expert in the field of attachment therapy, it will bring some much-needed fun into the task of parenting a child with reactive attachment disorder. And without any seriousness at all, it will make a better parent out of you. Buy it.

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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