Attachment Disorders or RAD

Attachment disorder, or RAD, is often associated with children who have been adopted, but it can also occur in children with other early issues with attachment. For adopted chidren, RAD can be present even if a child was adopted in the first few days of life. Although RAD is often associated with adoption, many adopted children do not develop RAD. It is important to be aware of the symptoms.

In addition to the many misconceptions regarding attachment disorder, it is often not properly diagnosed by health professionals due to a lack of experience and training in this area. Specifically, RAD is often misdiagnosed as ADD, ADHD, or as oppositional/defiant behavior.

What is the role of neurofeedback in attachment problems?

Since RAD is a brain issue, neurofeedback – a powerful tool for the brain – is especially suited to its treatment.

With neurofeedback, a person learns to regulate his or her brain. This is an excellent match for the challenges of treating attachment disorders. Dr. Daniel Schore of UCLA has shown that a great number of attachment issues are self-regulation issues. In other words, many people with attachment disorders have difficulty managing emotions and calming themselves. Training with neurofeedback can target the areas of the brain that regulate those abilities.

Increasing numbers of therapists who specialize in attachment disorder have been trained to use neurofeedback with their clients and report that neurofeedback has been very beneficial in helping clients progress in the treatment process. Because of its effectiveness, neurofeedback has become a core technique for many RAD therapists. For instance, there have been neurofeedback presentations at the national ATTACH (Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children) conferences for over 8 years.

The results are astounding. There are hundreds of examples of neurofeedback helping children with severe issues achieve control.

CASE Examples

Case example: Kyle, Age 4
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Case example: E , Age 25
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ARTICLES, More information.

Below are links to recommended, highly-informative articles by Sebern Fisher, M.A., LMH, about neurofeedback and RAD.  Fisher, a talented psychotherapist has been at the forefront of introducing neurofeedback to the attachment therapy field.

> Neurofeedback: A Treatment For Reactive Attachment Disorder
> Case Studies From The Field
> When Love Is Not Enough