Parents are usually the first to recognize their child's impaired ability to have positive reciprocal relationships. They may sense that the child is struggling to "let their parents' love in" in a deep and meaningful way, or that they are reluctant to relinquish control to their parents or other caring authority figures. This reluctance to be vulnerable is often rooted in deep seated fear or grief as a result of early childhood experiences. Please click here for Symptoms of Attachment Difficulties.
Typically, an examination of the child's history will indicate what stressors may have interfered with the development of attachment. Children who have suffered early experiences of neglect, abuse, hospitalizations, institutionalization, painful illness, or separations from a primary caregiver are clearly at risk for attachment difficulties although every individual child's level of resilience significantly influences his/her response. For other children it is much more difficult to determine the cause, but parents nevertheless see their children struggling in this area.
At ABC of PA, we serve a wide variety of families. We are eager to provide excellent services appropriate to your specific needs. Some children or adolescents who are struggling with adoption or attachment issues may need only short-term adoption or attachment-sensitive intervention. Others might need longer term and/or more intensive treatment.
Children and adolescents seen at ABC of PA most commonly are seen for issues related to:
- Signs of attachment difficulties and/or diagnosis of Reactive Attachment Disorder
- Adoption related issues/questions - understanding/processing one's "story", identity, search, etc.
- Issues related to past trauma, including grief & loss, abuse, neglect, multiple placements, institutionalization (orphanages)
- Behavioral, school, social and/or family issues that appear to be related to adoption, attachment or trauma
- Divorce recovery, blended families who are experiencing challenges in parent-child relationships
- Adults seeking treatment that they believe is related to past attachment trauma