Welcome friends! So, the topic of the day is how to find resources for your child with attachment disorder. Where do we start? It’s a daunting question that we all face as parents. In short, my best answer is anywhere and everywhere! Here’s where to start from the beginning:
- Find a therapist experienced in trauma and attachment. This is so important. Many parents waste endless hours and money on therapists who don’t understand attachment disorder. Contact your health insurance provider and/or Medicaid to learn about who is in your plan. Search your telephone directory or the Internet for therapists, your county mental health services network, or the local hospital mental health department. The therapist will be able to determine which treatment options will be best for your child. You’ll also need a psychiatrist who can assess and prescribe appropriate medications for your child. The therapist usually has a working relationship with a psychiatrist already.
- Talk to your school. Meet with teachers and school counselors to discuss your child’s condition. Help them understand your child so that they may help him get through his day when necessary.
- Educate yourself. If this is all new territory for you, educating yourself about trauma and attachment is crucial. I suggest the book Facilitating Development Attachment by Daniel Hughes. I’ve got loads more of recommendations. We’ll start a suggested reading list soon!
- Find RAD or attachment disorder family and parent support groups in your area. At the Institute for Attachment and Child Development, we just launched our Facebook page. Very exciting! Our goal is to provide an online support group for parents seeking resources and a friendly ear. Please check it out at https://www.facebook.com/instituteforattachment and LIKE it!
- Find local education sources. Seek knowledge about attachment disorder from everywhere. Here in Denver, for example, The Adoption Exchange offers education classes about trauma and attachment, grief and loss, and rest and respite from the daily challenge of caring for people with special needs.
Take care of yourself and hang in there!
Tell us what resources you’ve found in your area: