Reactive Attachment Disorder Treatment

Youth Home, Inc. has developed and implemented a program for children with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). We offer a continuum of care to address problems moving from less restrictive to more restrictive depending on the client’s need. Treatment goals and objectives are individualized based on diagnosis. Multi-family groups meet monthly to offer support and education to families of children with attachment problems.

Our Philosophy:

Youth Home, Inc. recognizes the importance of attachment and bonding in relationships, and the profound negative impacts that can occur when early secure attachments are not developed. Children with characteristics of Reactive Attachment Disorder have difficulty regulating their moods, developing cause and effect thinking, developing trusting relationships, having empathy or remorse, and demonstrating adequate behavioral controls.

Reactive Attachment Disorder children/adolescents resist loving interactions and instead, focus on creating conflict. This is a way of controlling their environment. Traditional interventions do not work with poorly attached youth. Due to developmental problems and neglect in early childhood, these children are often missing some key experiences needed for bonding.

RAD Symptoms

Your child may benefit from Youth Home's RAD program if they are an adolescent who:

  • Has difficulty developing trusting relationships
  • Has difficulty regulating their mood
  • Recent attempts at treatment in outpatient therapy and/or inpatient hospitalization
  • Has difficulty with cause and effect thinking
  • Is demanding or clingy
  • Turns everything into a battle
  • Has difficulty showing empathy or remorse
  • Resists gentle loving interactions
  • Has difficulty with adequate behavioral controls
  • Has difficulty regulating their mood
  • Is destructive to self, others, or material things
  • Is aggressive
  • Has difficulty developing trusting relationships

Admission Criteria

  • 12 to 17 years of age
  • RAD behavioral criteria and emotional difficulties requiring an intensive psychiatric facility
  • Recent attempts at treatment in outpatient therapy and/or inpatient hospitalization
  • Intellectually capable of benefiting from the program (Full-scale IQ = 70 or above)
  • Regular and committed family/caregiver involvement is mandatory

Many treatment centers list RAD among the diagnoses that they treat, however their approach to working with these families is no different from how they treat other patients. We at Youth Home have over 20 years of experience working with youth and families experiencing the challenges that RAD can present. We require that parents participate in a Multi-Family Group to gain support from other families going through many of the same experiences and gain an understanding on how to parent their child more effectively specific to their attachment needs. Our program is grounded in Trauma Informed Care and all our employees get a minimum of 21 hours of training in the Risking Connections model.

To discuss our RAD program in more detail, call our Admissions Department at (501) 821-5500 ext. #204 or #247.


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20400 Colonel Glenn Road
Little Rock, Arkansas 72210 

PHONE: 501-821-5500

EMAIL: info@youthhome.org

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