Parenting child with RAD | Importance of communication skills for RAD child

Parenting child with RAD | Importance of communication skills for RAD child


Effective Communication is tool that you will
use a lot with your child with Reactive Attachment Disorder. Remember, children with RAD struggle to form
attachments with caregivers and struggle with communicating these feelings appropriately.
So, this is a good skill to begin forming a stronger relationship. First, watch the lesson and learn the steps. Commit them to memory. We have a printout of the steps for your to
use as well. Then practice the steps with everyone until
it becomes second nature to you. You will also want to watch the lesson with
your child and have them learn the steps. Practice this skill with your child every
day for a few minutes formally, and, then as a normal part of your communication. Focus on the area of repeating what is
being said and clarifying it. This helps your child put into words what
they mean. A word of caution to you as the parent: Refrain
from sharing your perspective or giving counsel during the discussion. Allow your child to express themselves fully
without judgment or comment. Addressing those issues can be done later. The point is to allow them to communicate
openly and freely and this will allow them to create a better sense of trust for you
as a parent. If you have concerns during the conversation,
address them at a later time using this skill as a template. Allow your child to explore and examine your
perspective using the reflective listening portion of repeating back what was heard and
clarifying. Again, communicating in a safe environment
with help begin the process of building trust and will allow you both to adjust to concerns
in the future.

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