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Reactive Attachment Disorder

Over half of all the boys who have ever come to MSTS were from adoptive families.  We can help your boy if he struggles with Reactive Attachment Disorder (or RAD), a rare but serious condition in which he has been unable to form a healthy emotional attachment with mother (or primary caregiver). Reliable care of a baby’s physical and emotional requirements enables him to learn to bond, and lacking that (i.e.: due to temporary foster care, adoption), he may have difficulty establishing any close bonds.

There are two types of RAD (sometimes also known as Reactive Attachment Disorder).  One may find him removed, emotionally indifferent, self-conscious or reserved.  With the other kind he might be unsuitably familiar or demonstrative with total strangers.

How Reactive Attachment Disorder is Solved at MSTS

We provide a secure and sustaining environment, which is critical in order for your son to learn to create healthy connections.  Family therapy may be vitally important in his treatment of Reactive Attachment Disorder, encouraging communication between you and him.  By teaching you (parenting) skills that can help heal his disorder, he can steer clear of developing mounting social and behavioral issues later in life and, rather, go on to enjoy healthy relationships with you and with others.