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Reactive Attachment Disorder
The challenge of raising a child with reactive attachment disorder can be overcome when the signs of the disorder are recognized early and the entire family can have access to professional help and resources. The treatment of reactive attachment disorder involves a combination of psychotherapy and education about the disorder. These resources are usually provided by a team of medical and mental health specialists with expertise in treating attachment disorders. Usually, the treatment plan is focused around two main goals: (1) to ensure that the child is in a safe environment and (2) to help the child to develop positive interactions and healthy relationships with the parents or caregivers.
be addressed. Also, parents of children with reactive attachment disorder are referred to parenting skills classes, a form of psychoeducation where caregivers can be introduced to discipline methods (that do not involve punishment and yelling) which give the parents a better control over the child's problematic behavior.
The disorder can be also addressed through a dyadic approach, where the clinician works together with the child and parent or caregiver to improve their interaction and the child social behavior. This approach focuses on the parenting strengths of the caregiver and addresses moments of frustration and disengagement in the interaction child-caregiver through suggestions and positive reinforcements.
In some cases, childern can be engaged in child-orientated cognitive behavioral therapy or play therapy. Individual therapy can help children express and process feelings related to the abuse and develop more effective ways to cope with these feelings.
Article by Alina Morrow
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