HOPE. There's not a person on this earth who doesn't need it.
Yet, of all the parents we serve raising kids with special needs, perhaps the ones most desperately in need of an extra dose of that HOPE are the ones raising children with RAD or Reactive Attachment Disorder. Most commonly seen in kids who were adopted or abused, this mental health issue takes such a heavy toll on the parents and caregivers who love a child through this.
It may be the relentless gray of post-Christmas winter, but this season has proven to be particularly challenging for our moms and dads. Most recently, I have found myself in constant prayer for those who have endured the following from their beautiful children of various ages with RAD:
- Acting out
- Destroying property
- Physical abuse of caregivers
- Disgusting, inappropriate language
- Manipulation of others to achieve selfish gain
- Undermining friendships with behavior and words
~ Barb Dittrich
* For more information and resources on Reactive Attachment Disorder, please visit our various Pinterest Boards entitled Adoption and Special Needs, Behavior Challenges, and Trauma.