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Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD): The Essential Guide for Parents

Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
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Adopting or fostering a child with reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is beyond challenging. These kids often have violent outbursts, steal, engage in outlandish lying, play with feces, and hoard food. They are broken children who too often break even the most loving of caregivers. Many parents of these children feel utterly isolated as family, friends, and professionals minimize their struggles. Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD): The Essential Guide for Parents is written by a parent who is in the trenches with you. Keri has lived the journey of raising a son with RAD and has navigated the mental health system for over a decade. This is the resource you’ve been waiting for - you won’t find platitudes or false hopes. What you will find is essential information, practical suggestions, and resource recommendations to provide a way forward.

If you desperately need help navigating the difficult RAD journey with your child, this audiobook is for you. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Keri Williams (P)2019 Keri Williams

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A must for RAD parents

This book is a wonderful resource for anyone who even suspects that their adopted child may have Reactive Attachment Disorder. It gives insight into the disorder and how parents should proceed if their child is exhibiting RAD symptoms. I wish it had been available to me 12 years ago!

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Essential read for RAD parents & educators

Keri captures the reality of a RAD families and their daily struggles perfectly in her book RAD: The essential book for parents. As a RAD mom, and trauma recovery advocate, I highly recommend it to families considering adoption of a child with multiple caregivers in early years, trauma, abuse or neglect. Having a realistic viewpoint of what could become your reality can help equip families mentally, emotionally and physically for what they may encounter. For current RAD families, the book will be an essential tool to share your struggles with your child’s support system. You’ll also know you are not alone in your RAD journey and challenges. Very impressed with this book.

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Absolutely essential reading

As a foster/adoptive mother to four children with RAD and two decades of experience as a pediatric RN with a psychology degree, I can attest to every single word of this book being true and valid.

I received zero education about RAD in my nursing classes nor psychology classes. In child psychology RAD was simply explained as being extremely rare and the abbreviation spelled out. In my foster care classes, a similar introduction was made. If someone zoned out for a minute, they would have missed it. In an effort to make sense of the absurd behaviors that terrorized our family, I learned about it through continuing education, foster care themed books, and foster/adoptive support groups online. It took a dozen or more therapists to even acknowledge RAD was a thing and many more attempts to nail that down as a diagnosis. RAD is rare in the general population (although prison system overloading makes you wonder), but it is not that rare in fostered/adopted children. Foster/adoptive parents in particular deserve thorough and frequent training on this topic.

Families like mine are struggling! We desperately need help! We need professionals to wake up and be willing to keep educating themselves. There is always something new to learn. Do not remain close minded and lazy. Lives depend on you!

Every therapist, doctor, nurse, social worker, foster/adoptive parent, OT, PT, speech therapist, teacher, school counselor, principal, child care worker, children’s ministry worker, police officer, and every friend/family member of a parent of a child with RAD needs to read this book! The author bravely spoke the words echoed by every RAD parent. If you do not understand RAD (which is normal), read this book! If you ever doubted a RAD parent’s seemingly crazy stories, read this book!

Thank you, Keri Williams, for shining a light on RAD.

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Mastery at its Finest.. a Must Read!

Keri Williams has taken one of the most difficult subjects affecting parents and everyone in our society at this time, the heartwrenching trauma in our children and its effects on families, and written the most insighful, succinct and educated book on RAD we have found to date. A MUST READ for every parent/grand with traumatized children, and amazing small gift for families, educators, professionals. We no longer need struggle to explain RAD, Keri has done it for us. Thank You so much Keri!! What a resource!!
There are not enough stars to represent how important this tool is for us right now. Phenomenal piece of work!!

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Great book!

I don’t agree with all of the suggestions on how to deal with behaviors. I do agree with the reasoning behind it!! It was telling my story. It was very good for those struggling with kids like this! I have 4....

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very informative

a high level view of the disorder for families starting to experience this in their family

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Spot On!

The circumstances and experiences witnessed by the author are more severe than my own, but the advice is completely relevant.
I don't feel like I'm alone and crazy anymore!

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  • 06-14-19

Waste of money

I had high hopes from this book, but it was poorly written. It was over simplified, and at times felt like a manual on how to get an incorrect diagnosis. Instead of in depth stories on the experiences of other families, it would just give a single random sentence from one parent, and another single random sentence from another- without any context or backstory to know what they meant by these seemingly overly dramatic random phrases. The same examples were repeated over and over again.
Give this one a miss, find a copy of Dan Hughes “Building the bonds of attachment, awakening love in deeply traumatised children”.