How do I get my child assessed?
In order to make a diagnosis of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) one needs an assessment by a competent professional with specialized training. That means an assessment by a professional with substantial experience evaluating and treating adopted and foster children, preferably one who is a member of the Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children, ATTACH (www.Attach.org) and who has specialized training in child development, trauma and attachment. There is a variety of mainstream prevention programs and treatment approaches for attachment disorder, attachment problems and moods or behaviors considered to be potential problems within the context of attachment theory. All such approaches for infants and young children concentrate on increasing the responsiveness and sensitivity of the caregiver. Treatment for attachment disorder usually involves a mix of therapy, counseling, and parent education. These must be designed to make sure the child has a safe, nurturing environment to live in with an emphasis on strengthening the positive interactions with caregivers that allow for the deepening of the emotional bond between parent and child. To learn more about Kinship Center's comprehensive children’s mental health services, click here.
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