At this page you can find one chapter from my book in your language (English, Francais, Deutsch, Russian, Espanol, Nederlands). The English version will be published in April 2006 and can be ordered from this homepage.
As a psychologist, I have worked for more than 20 years with children, their families and their environment experiencing attachment problems. This - my third - book has been especially designed to answer questions and give advice about how to cope with children suffering from severe attachment disorder (AD, or RAD, Reactive Attachment Disorder).
If you are a foster parent, adoptive parent or a professional (teacher, pedagogue, nurse, doctor, psychologist), meeting the AD child for the first time, this book is easy to read, and the very practical advices have been tested and refined in everyday life. You will be taken through theory first in order to understand what AD is all about, and then you can pick designs relevant for your problems and challenges. It is important to have an understanding of AD, since the individual child may have a series of problems, and you should be able to decide your own individual plan, according to the circumstances. For professionals working with adoptive parents having troubled teenage children, read this article about therapy with adoptees in puberty.
Often, there is little knowledge and professional help around you for diagnosis and treatment, and this means that even professionals will use methods that are not relevant to AD problems. This is because AD is rare (approximately 3-4 % of the population in general). They don't know about it in kindergarten and school. This book should enable you to build a relevant daily practice and understanding.
The chapters of the book follow the life of the child: you start before birth and end up at age 17. This should give you an understanding of typical lifespan events, and make it easy to find descriptions of the child/ youth you are working with.
For each stage of development (pre-natal, birth, baby, pre-schooler, etc.) there are special sections on relevant issues, such as "the AD adopted child" about normal and severe problems in adoption , "The AD child in class", giving detailed information about classic learning problems and how design the classroom and teaching mode, "The AD child and sexual problems" describing the problems of uninhibited and immature sexual behaviors, etc. You will find advice about how to develop a professional team around the child, able to be empathic as well as
able to provide structure. You will find checklists at different stages of development as well as results from scientific studies, including my own.
I wish you luck in our common challenge: to make contact with a child having contact problems.
I hope this book will be of some help to you on your way.
Niels Peter Rygaard
At this page you can find one chapter from my book in your language.