What is RAD? RAD is the failure to attach to your primary caregiver. Attachment.org describes the following as signs and causes of RAD.
• Superficially engaging & charming This child makes friends very easily but has trouble keeping them because they are very manipulative. Often you will see this child playing with other kids and all the other kids getting in trouble when in actuality this is the child causing the problems.
• Lack of eye contact on parents terms
• Indiscriminately affectionate with strangers will go and hug on, sit on there lap yet
• Not affectionate on Parents’ terms (not cuddly) upon picking up your child from the orphanage they may act like they are the ones attaching the best, very polite, people pleasing, huggy, and happy.
• Destructive to self, others and material things (accident prone) Tearing up siblings homework, cutting electrical cords, peeing on things, coloring all over walls, breaking things in the car, breaking toys.
• Cruelty to animals
• Lying about the obvious (crazy lying) You can watch them do something and they will lie right to your face.
• Stealing Check their pockets, this also means getting into stuff they shouldn't, eating stuff out of the pantry, having little finger claws in the peanut butter and having peanut butter all over their face hand and clothes and swearing they didn't get into it.
• No impulse controls (frequently acts hyperactive)
• Learning Lags This may be playing games. One minute they know something the next they know nothing. (I'm talking about things they have shown they know) also one minute writing beautifully with great angle and spacing the next scribbling.
• Lack of cause and effect thinking None reward systems and token economies don't work well. Especially if reward are placed closely together.
• Lack of conscience Doesn't show empathy, likes to brag about the things they have, get to do in front of their sibling.
• Abnormal eating patterns Hords, doesn't eat, barfs
• Poor peer relationships
• Preoccupation with fire
• Preoccupation with blood & gore
• Persistent nonsense questions & chatter Never stops talking, has to monopolize the conversation, talks about cars for 21/2 hours straight with a 30 word vocabulary
• Inappropriately demanding & clingy Only to control you into doing someting he/she wants or stopping you from doing what you are doing.
• Abnormal speech patterns
• Triangulation of adults
• False allegations of abuse
• Presumptive entitlement issues big time
• Parents appear hostile and angry because of the constant effort it takes to keep this child from hurting others.
Any of the following conditions occurring to a child during the first 36 months of life puts them at risk:
• Unwanted pregnancy
• Pre-birth exposure to trauma, drugs or alcohol
• Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
• Neglect (not answering the baby’s cries for help)
• Separation from primary caregiver (i.e. Illness or death of mother or severe illness or hospitalization of the baby, or adoption
• On-going pain such as colic, hernia or many ear infections
• Changing day cares or using providers who don’t do bonding
• Moms with chronic depression
• Several moves or placements (foster care, failed adoptions)
• Caring for baby on a timed schedule or other self-centered parenting
Many parents after even just a few months of having this child home begin to resent the way this child has come and turned their families life upside down, and how much hostility they have brought to the home and no matter how much love and patience you have shown to them they really want nothing to do with you.
Here are a couple stories I have run across lately
This is a blogger who lays it all out and has some great You Tubes
and another blogger who had to find a new home for her son