January 23, 2018

What are the Three Qualities of an A+ child?

We tell our children that they need to be A+ kids, and there are only three things they have to do to accomplish this. These three things are to be respectful, responsible, and fun to be around. When you think about it, pretty much any behavior can fall in these three areas, and therefore if […]

Seven Power Drains of RAD Kids

If you want to help your Reactive Attachment Disorder kid to become healthy, it’s important to get past the behavior problems that will drive you up the wall and interfere with the development of a loving relationship that is so vital to their healing. Here is a list of 7 ways that RAD kiddos will […]

Pizzazz the Good Behavior

One of the most important things you can do for a Reactive Attachment Disorder child is to build their self-image – in a healthy way. These kids feel bad about themselves, and when they act out a lot of the time that’s why. This is something I’ve learned, but today I got to put the […]

Prescribe the Behavior

One of our favorite things to do with our RAD kids is to prescribe the behavior. What exactly does that mean? Well let me explain. (First of all, I’d like to say that many parenting techniques that work for healthy kids will not work for kids with Reactive Attachment Disorder. However, I believe that many […]

Can’t Get Your Kid To Go To School? Do What We Do!

This morning our RAD kid decided he wasn’t going to school. We’ve struggled with this before, and now Nancy Thomas has given us the answer. At least it worked this time! I think it’s a great technique for Oppositional Defiant Disorder kiddos too. It should work for any kid that wants to have control. The […]

RAD Moms Have It Tough

RAD moms have one of the hardest jobs in the world. When I say “RAD” moms, I’m not talking about “Radical”, as in super-cool, though that’s a pretty good description of them. RAD moms are mothers of children with Reactive Attachment Disorder, and let me tell you it can be a nightmare! I’m a RAD […]

Don’t Forget To Have Fun

Working with kids who have attachment issues can give you tunnel vision. Really, any kiddos with child behavior problems can monopolize your time and drain your energy. I have found that I have to be purposeful in planning fun when one kid’s problem behavior is using a lot of my time. My kids are always […]

Neurotherapy for Reactive Attachment Disorder and ADHD

We have been learning SO MUCH about Reactive Attachment Disorder and ADHD over the last couple of years, and much of what we learned is very scientific. One of the things we’ve learned about is neurotherapy (or neurofeedback) and how that can help with these disorders. We have five adopted kids, and one of the […]

Reaching a RAD Child’s Heart

One of the hardest things for me to learn in parenting my RAD kiddos is that it is NOT about child behavior management or child behavior problems. You see I am very, very skilled in organization and behavior management, so parenting them thus far has been successful mostly due to this. However, as is seemingly […]

Attachment Disorder Symptoms

Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) have experienced some sort of trauma in the first 3 years of their life. In order to diagnose them with Reactive Attachment Disorder, they need to have at least one of the causes and more than half of the Attachment Disorder Symptoms. The various causes include “in utero” problems […]

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