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Reactive Attachment Disorder

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) arises from a failure to form normal attachments to primary caregivers in early childhood. Such a failure could result from severe early experiences of neglect, abuse, abrupt separation from caregivers between the ages of six months and three years, frequent change of caregivers, or a lack of caregiver responsiveness to a child’s communicative efforts.

Not all, or even a majority of such experiences, result in this disorder.

Attachment disorders can be treated using an innovative new type of working with children and their carers called Sensory Attachment Intervention “SAI”. I have had specialist training with the founder of this whole practice called Eadiaone Breathnach who is truly inspiring and has given me a different way of approaching difficulties.

I am able to offer Sensory attachment intervention for children and parents and the usual course would be anything from 6 weeks to 12 weeks. Working with the child from a sensory perspective is fascinating and can help address many difficult behaviours through sensory strategies applied at home.

Please call for more information if you are a parent, adoptive parent, foster parent and require support in this matter.

 

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Asperger Syndrome

Children with Asperger syndrome have milder symptoms that affect social interaction and behaviour. Their language development is usually unaffected, although they often have problems in certain areas of language. For example, understanding humour or figures of speech, such as ‘she’s got a chip on her shoulder’ or ‘it’s raining cats and dogs.’

Children with Asperger syndrome usually have above-average intelligence. Some children are skilled in fields requiring logic, memory and creativity, such as maths, computer science and music. (But only 1 in 200 children are exceptionally skilled, so-called ‘autistic savants.’)

Children with AS are often severely affected by sensory processing and this is often overlooked during typical health assessments. Behaviour therefore is a big problem for these children who fear change and are often oversensitive by nature.

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Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) are a range of related developmental disorders that begin in childhood and persist throughout adulthood. ASD can cause a wide range of symptoms, which are grouped into three broad categories:

Problems and difficulties with social interaction such as a lack of understanding and awareness of other people’s emotions and feelings.

Impaired language and communication skills such as delayed language development and an inability to start conversations or take part in them properly.

Unusual patterns of thought and physical behaviour. This includes making repetitive physical movements, such as hand tapping or twisting. The child develops set routines of behaviour, which can upset the child if the routines are broken.

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Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a common type of learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in the reading and spelling of words. Dyslexia should be recognised as a spectrum disorder, with symptoms ranging from very mild to very severe. In particular, people with dyslexia have difficulties with: phonological awareness, verbal memory, verbal processing speed.

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Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia, also known as DCD (developmental co-ordination disorder), is a disability that affects movement and co-ordination. It is thought to be caused by a disruption in the way messages from the brain are transmitted to the body.

Dyspraxia is characterised by difficulty in planning smooth, co-ordinated movements. This leads to:clumsiness, lack of co-ordination, problems with language, perception and thought. Symptoms are normally noticeable from an early age and often have difficulties with fine motor control with handwriting, fastenings and scissors causing problems.

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