Informing Professionals and Adoptive Families Communicating to Each Other About RAD

Over the last 11 years, the recurring complaint from families of children with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is that NOBODY LISTENS TO THEM.

I hear this statement all the time. Why is RAD such an ignored diagnosis? Nobody, even the majority of therapists, recognize the symptoms of RAD. The common diagnosis that’s given to children with past trauma is ADHD.

Then as the child gets older, the diagnoses become PTSD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, behavioral disorder, or bi-polar disorder. It takes years of visits, I don’t know how many therapists the family visits to finally get the RAD diagnosis.

The families tell me the child’s history is often not believed when the family shares what they know about their child. That couldn’t be what causes their behaviors! Of course, it does!

Teachers have a tendency to think the parents have no clue what’s going on with their child, because the child is a good student. The parents have to be lying.

The communication between families and professionals is not good. The professionals believe one thing and the families know something else. The disconnect between the families and the professionals impedes everyone being on the same page for treatment of the child.

My course called “Opening the Eyes of Professionals and Adoptive Families” is now available.

This first part of the course introduces what RAD is and what some of the behaviors are. The Second part is going to include how to communicate with families and professionals without condemnation or ridicule.

Here’s a link to the course

Thank you for reading my post. Please share if you think this course would benefit you or your family members. My email is:

N. Ann Lamphere, MSW

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