This post is one of our Family Friday series when we give you a peek into our family treatment homes. Each Friday, we’ll show you a picture, along with a description from one of our treatment parents. Learn more about our unique treatment model for children with reactive attachment disorder and meet our treatment families. The children’s names and/or physical features have been altered to protect their identities).
“These boys are doing so much more than simply playing a game. They are learning how to have appropriate social interaction with one another while having fun – a skill that, sadly, doesn’t come naturally for kids with reactive attachment disorder. As treatment parents, Tom and I were close by to provide them with visual and auditory supervision. Many kids with reactive attachment disorder are behind developmentally due to early trauma that physically changed their brains. We were also there to redirect them when things went off track a bit. However, we ultimately gave them the freedom to make their own good choices and to learn what how healthy, positive human interactions look and feel. Every single moment is therapeutic in our family treatment homes here at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development, whether our kiddos realize it or not.”
-Jan Barber, therapeutic treatment mom at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development