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Facilitating Developmental Attachment: The Road to Emotional Recovery and Behavioral Change in Foster and Adopted Children Paperback – 1 Jun 2000

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.; 1st Edition edition (1 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765702703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765702708
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For those treating attachment disordered children with traditional child psychotherapy, this book will compel a reexamination of that approach and lead the way to a decidedly more effective treatment. Therapists struggling to help these children will find countless new insights and concrete examples of how to be successful instead of frustrated in their work. An experienced, gifted, and innovative therapist and teacher, Dan Hughes takes the reader through a primer in attachment theory and reactive attachment disorders in maltreated children, through the theoretical principles and actual techniques employed in therapy, four illustrative case vignettes, and a discussion of how to educate, assist, and support the parents of poorly attached children. -- Paul D. Goodman Dr. Hughes's deeply insightful book provides professionals as well as parents with a comprehensive understanding of the issues and of the types of interventions that succeed in resolving them. The scope of this brilliant work extends beyond the disturbances of foster and adoptive children. If all children were treated in the way Dr. Hughes describes, with his compassion, humanity, humor, and depth of understanding, there would be better outcomes. Even for therapists who do not practice in this manner, their grasp of a child's development and their approach to their young patients will be greatly enhanced by Dr. Hughes' theoretical framework of attunement and engagement. -- Martha G. Welch

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Facilitating Developmental Attachment
This book shows how to work successfully with emotional and behavioral problems rooted in deficient early attachments. In particular, it address the emotional difficulties of many of the foster and adopted children living in our country who are unable to form secure attachments. Dr. Daniel Hughes maps out a treatment plan designed to help the child begin to experience and accept, from both the therapist and the parents, affective attunement that he or she should have received in the first few years of life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 6 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Dan is a phenomenal counselor, speaker, and, now, author. His approach is straight forward and compassionate. For any family (mine's adopted) facing attachment issues, Dan's insight is on the mark and his approaches are very helpful. The book builds on numerous theoretical approaches to attachment and provides clinical and therapeutic techniques that really work in helping children build attachment. It is my bible and I have read it twice. My copy has so many underlines highlights and notes from my children that I don't think I could read it a third time for all my scribbling! Most importantly, the suggestions are POSSIBLE. The approaches Dan suggests can be done by any parent or caregiver truly interested in helping their troubled child. It doesn't take two people. Be prepared, it does take the patience of Job. Of course, we all know that is part of the game with troubled children.
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By A Customer on 15 April 1998
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I would highly recommend this book to other foster parents. It thoroughly describes therapeutic techniques, both for use in the therapist's office and in the home, and explains why and how they work. It emphasizes the hard work of treating and parenting the child with attachment problems and offers hope.
I also want to offer a couple of criticisms: 1) There is too much jargon in the introductory chapters explaining theory; it may discourage some readers, but the book does get easier to understand. 2) The author deals only with success stories. I'm sure his methods have not succeeded with all his clients, and even a short description of "failures" would have provided balance. It would have been helpful if he'd listed his criteria for accepting clients-- what are the behavioral, personality, and/or family characteristics that suggest someone is likely to benefit, and on what basis does he refer clients elsewhere? 3) I wish he'd included something about the politics of getting therapeutic help for foster and adoptive kids. Sounds like many of his clients are longterm, and treatment can't be cheap; I'm wondering how families afford his services. A plug for the importance of adoption subsidies and true treatment foster care would have been a bonus.
Colleen M. McDonald
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Well written as all of Mr Hughe's boks are.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9241e948) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9072ca74) out of 5 stars Interesting and helpful 15 April 1998
By Colleen M. McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I would highly recommend this book to other foster parents. It thoroughly describes therapeutic techniques, both for use in the therapist's office and in the home, and explains why and how they work. It emphasizes the hard work of treating and parenting the child with attachment problems and offers hope.
I also want to offer a couple of criticisms: 1) There is too much jargon in the introductory chapters explaining theory; it may discourage some readers, but the book does get easier to understand. 2) The author deals only with success stories. I'm sure his methods have not succeeded with all his clients, and even a short description of "failures" would have provided balance. It would have been helpful if he'd listed his criteria for accepting clients-- what are the behavioral, personality, and/or family characteristics that suggest someone is likely to benefit, and on what basis does he refer clients elsewhere? 3) I wish he'd included something about the politics of getting therapeutic help for foster and adoptive kids. Sounds like many of his clients are longterm, and treatment can't be cheap; I'm wondering how families afford his services. A plug for the importance of adoption subsidies and true treatment foster care would have been a bonus.
Colleen M. McDonald
86 of 91 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x904e0780) out of 5 stars Facilitating Developmental Attachment 15 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have 3 adopted children with attachment problems. I've read many, many books on this subject. Hughes' book, though written primarily for therapists, has been the most helpful to me as a parent. Hughes does a great job of describing unattached children and the treatment therapists and parents need to provide to help children bond. Parents considering adopting older children need to read this book. I wish I'd had this book 10 years ago. The mistakes we could have avoided might have given our children a much better chance at a normal life. I also wish Hughes would include information about strategies for dealing with unattached young children who have become unattached teens.
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90713f90) out of 5 stars Excellent, must read. 14 Jun. 2004
By FireSign - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Even though this book is written for therapists, it is extremely helpful for parents as well. I am the mother of a child with RAD who is being treated according to Hughes' therapy methods, and the child is responding positively after only a few months. She was with a traditional therapist for over a year and her pathology only got worse. Hughes emphasis in therapy is parental attunement with the child. This is key to attachment.

I would bet that the reviewers who have called his techniques "unethical," and "pseudoscience" do not have children with RAD. Holding therapy is not torture, it is therapeutic. Torture is living a life with no attachments to other human beings. Note: By "holding therapy" I am talking about holding the child in your lap, or holding him/her down in a responsible manner (no squashing) if they are out of control and will physically hurt themselves or others. I am NOT talking about re-enacting a birthing experience, sitting on the child, etc. That certainly is abuse, and they've been through enough already without that.

Read this book for understanding, and be sure to find an attachment therapist to work with, hopefully one recommended by other parents with RAD children. You will need professional guidance - it's not a DIY project. Also, if your child has RAD, you should probably also check to see if they also have PTSD. My experience is that this may very well be the case, and you need to treat both together. For this, we used a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and have gotten very positive results, i.e. child is off almost all of her meds. There is hope, but just know that you need to be resourceful in finding help, and you may have to try some non-traditional methods. Just use some common sense, that is the first rule.
38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91fc5fcc) out of 5 stars This valuable book is a must read. 30 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Daniel Hughes, Ph.D. has written a brilliant prescription for working with the attachment disordered child. He is able to deliver his information in simple, easy to understand form while citing all literature and historical information used to develop his approach to working with the most "difficult child". He has an uncanny understanding of the unattached child and has spent his lifetime treating these children to develop a procedure that works, rather than using traditional therapy interventions that have been shown to be less than effective. Kudos to Daniel Hughes, Ph.D for leading the way for the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of children with attachment disorder. His work will go a long way to treating these children as the victims they are rather than pathologizing them rather than their abuse.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x908486f0) out of 5 stars Reads like Dan talks 6 Jan. 1999
By William Fishburne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dan is a phenomenal counselor, speaker, and, now, author. His approach is straight forward and compassionate. For any family (mine's adopted) facing attachment issues, Dan's insight is on the mark and his approaches are very helpful. The book builds on numerous theoretical approaches to attachment and provides clinical and therapeutic techniques that really work in helping children build attachment. It is my bible and I have read it twice. My copy has so many underlines highlights and notes from my children that I don't think I could read it a third time for all my scribbling! Most importantly, the suggestions are POSSIBLE. The approaches Dan suggests can be done by any parent or caregiver truly interested in helping their troubled child. It doesn't take two people. Be prepared, it does take the patience of Job. Of course, we all know that is part of the game with troubled children.
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