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Attachment Issues Treatment

Treatment has two important goals. The first is to ensure that the child is in a safe environment. This is especially important in cases where the child has been abused or neglected. The second goal is to help the child develop a healthy relationship with an appropriate caregiver.

Attachment therapy is used to help the child be able to form secure attachment with their caregivers.  Attachment therapy involves the parents, the child, and the therapist.  Through play therapy, the child learns to trust the caregiver and learns to express their thoughts and feelings in ways that help build a stronger relationship.

Many times it is necessary to incorporate the use of neurofeedback as a means of neurologically preparing the child to be able to accept and form relationships. Neurofeedback is a means of addressing the neurological causes of the child’s severe symptoms such as explosive anger, sleeping problems, tantrum, and other problematic behavior. 

Family therapy may be used to address the issues that are affecting the caregiver's relationship with and behavior toward the child.

Teaching parenting skills also can help improve the relationship with the child and help develop attachment.

There is no medication to treat RAD itself.

Other Useful Links regarding Attachment Issues

  • Attachment Issue Overview
  • What is Reactive Attachment Disorder?
    • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is a clinically recognized form of severe insecure attachment. Read more about Reactive Attachment Disorder.
  • Types of Attachment Styles
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