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Thanks so much to all of you who sent ideas.


Ada G. Kent, Librarian

Ohio School for the Deaf

500 Morse Road

Columbus, OH 43214


I am reminded of books by Torey Hayden

  and books by Mary McCracken.


  These two ladies have worked with kids with a wide range of problems.

  It might help the helper more than the child - but in the end that

  helps the child if the caregiver has an idea of what to do and what

  is going on with the child.


  Also, have the child tested for the Autism spectrum Range - because
sometimes it can be mistaken for many other disabilities.

This site looks great!  Books for the teachers, parents and "radishes":


achment, trauma, and healing : understanding and treating attachment
disorder in children and families by Levy, Terry M.


Includes bibliographical references and index. Examines the causes of
attachment disorder in children and offers an overview of effective
treatment methods, including attachment-focused assessment and diagnosis,
specialized training, and education for caregivers.


The Forever Child by by Nancy A. Clark and B. Bryan Post


This was a set of books recommended to us by a teacher who had two foster
children with RAD. She said that they were a set recommended to them by the
children's counselor and would be a good addition to the school library.

They were very good and dealt with several issues often seen in RAD


BE try Uglified Ducky...but that definition is maybe not...


I've adopted two wonderful siblings; they were 12 and 6 at the time.  Never
had any problems with RAD, but I read up on it before the adoption just in
case!  Here's some that I found helpful:


The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator).

Since its publication in 1942, The Runaway Bunny has never been out of
print. Generations of sleepy children and grateful parents have loved the
classics of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd, including Goodnight Moon.
The Runaway Bunny begins with a young bunny who decides to run away: "'If
you run away,' said his mother, 'I will run after you. For you are my little
bunny.'" And so begins a delightful, imaginary game of chase. No matter how
many forms the little bunny takes - a fish in a stream, a crocus in a hidden
garden, a rock on a mountain - his steadfast, adoring, protective mother
finds a way of retrieving him. The soothing rhythm of the bunny banter -
along with the surreal, dream-like pictures - never fail to infuse young
readers with a complete sense of security and peace. For any small child who
has toyed with the idea of running away or testing the strength of Mom's
love, this old favorite will comfort and reassure. Baby-Preschool. 34 pages.


The Mulberry Bird: An Adoption Story, by Anne Braff Brodzinsky, Diana L.
Stanley (Illustrator).

Relinquishment is the hardest part of adoption to talk about and is often
glossed over in children's books. Brodzinsky has chosen to tell the story
using birds to represent the people involved. A young mother bird feeds and
protects her baby, noticing that other mothers have mates to help them. Her
baby's father has flown away. Then a storm breaks her nest, and the baby
falls to the ground. She goes to the wise owl for help, and he says the only
way to solve her problem is to find a family to love and care for her child.
She refuses at first, but then relents, and the owl carries the baby to the
chosen shorebird couple. The young mother sees that her child is safe and
loved, and sadly flies away forever. The baby hears from its adoptive
parents the story of its first mother's love and care. This revision of the
1986 story is longer, newly illustrated in watercolors, and reflects changes
in adoption practice. Language has been made more inclusive: the baby's need
for "a mother and father" becomes its need for "a family." More of the
youngster's feelings are included: anger and confusion as well as happiness
and sadness. Ages 4-8. 47 pages.


Never Never Never Will She Stop Loving You, by Jolene Durrant, Steve Allred

Thousands of readers enjoyed the original story! This revised edition
combines the original children's book with an eight page guide for adults,
including adoptive parents, birth parents, and the general public. Written
by an adoptive parent, this true story lovingly connects birth mom and child
while stressing the importance of the adoptive parents. "...Wherever you are
Annie's Child, she loved you before you were born. She loves you now. Never,
never, never will she stop loving you." Illustrations for the text are a
combination of drawings by adopted children and photographs. Both text and
illustrations are a chocolate colored ink on cream paper. Jolene Durrant is
an adoptive parent and a former elementary school teacher. Annie, the young
woman in the story, was Durrant's foster daughter during Annie's pregnancy.
Ages 4-8. 40 pages.


Did My First Mother Love Me?: A Story for an Adopted Child, by Kathryn Ann
Miller, Jami Moffett (Illustrator).

A book that helps a family consider an important, difficult question. Even
though Morgan knows all about her adoption, the preschooler sometimes
wonders about her "other mother." When she asks, "Did my first mother love
me?" her mother reads the letter her birthmother wrote to her. It relates
the woman's wishes to be the one to give her child a safe and happy home,
but acknowledges sadly that this is not possible. The adoptive family's
openness and love are evident. Pen-and-ink drawings realistically illustrate
the story. A note for parents about "Talking with Your Child About Adoption"
is appended. This slim volume will be of value to adoptive parents,
especially those fortunate enough to have letters from a birthmother. Ages
4-8. 47 pages.


Mama, Do You Love Me?, by Barbara M. Joosse, Barbara Lavallee (Illustrator).

This exceptional board-book tells a beautiful and timeless story about a
daughter's attempt to find the limit of her mother's love. Barbara
Lavallee's exquisite illustrations of Alaska, with their exaggeratedly
foreshortened perspective and rich tones of violet, blue-gray, and
gray-green, tell of an easy declaration ("I love you more than the raven
loves his treasure, more than the dog loves his tail, more than the whale
loves his spout") that is pushed, and pushed, and ("What if I put salmon in
your parka ... and ermine in your mukluks?") pushed. There's a quiet
joyfulness in both the antics of the Inuit mother and daughter and in the
animals - including a polar bear and a musk ox - that the daughter imagines
she might become. A charming story for mothers and daughters of all ages.
Baby-Preschool. 24 pages.


The Forever Child: A Tale of Lies and Love, by Nancy A. Clark, Bryan Post.

Bryan Post, PhD, LCSW is the founder of the Post Institute for
Family-Centered Therapy based in Oklahoma, and is the author of "For All
Things A Season", "Dr. Post's New Family Revolution System", and co-author
of "The Forever Child" series. He is an internationally recognized
specialist in the treatment of emotional and behavioral disturbance in
children and families. Dr. Post specializes in a holistic family-based
treatment approach that addresses the underlying interactive dynamics of the
entire family, a neurophysiologic process he refers to as, "The secret life
of the family." 22 pages.


The Forever Child: A Tale of Anger and Fear, by Nancy A. Clark, B. Bryan

A tool for parents and therapists to use with traumatized and unattached
children. 27 pages.


For All Things a Season: An Essential Guide to a Peaceful Parent/Child
Relationship, by B. Bryan Post.

"For All Things A Season" is for all parents seeking to raise emotionally
healthy and intelligent children; a guide to a peaceful parent-child
relationship. The author is an adopted, and well-known disruptive child
himself ("I've set fires, killed animals, and stolen compulsively. There is
great benefit in learning through the painful lessons of others."), Dr.
Post's has made it his primary work to speak to parents and professionals
from a perspective of true-life experience, and in the 'trenches'
therapeutic work. Dr. Post has lectured and provided expert consultation
regarding adoption, trauma, attachment and bonding, throughout the United
States and abroad. 95 pages.


Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (Illustrator).

All children want reassurance that their parents' love runs wide and deep.
In "Guess How Much I Love You," a young rabbit named Little Nutbrown Hare
thinks he's found a way to measure the boundaries of love. In a heartwarming
twist on the "I-can-do-anything-you-can-do-better" theme, Little Nutbrown
Hare goes through a series of declarations regarding the breadth of his love
for Big Nutbrown Hare. But even when his feelings stretch as long as his
arms, or as high as his hops, Little Nutbrown Hare is fondly one-upped by
the elder rabbit's more expansive love. Anita Jeram's illustrations are
bound to elicit an "aw" from even the sternest of readers; these loving
rabbits are expressive, endearing, and never cloying. In turn, Sam McBratney
tells a simple bedtime story of sweet familial love with humor, insight, and
a delightful surprise at the end. Children and parents will love snuggling
up for this one - a treat to be read again and again, just before the lights
are turned out. Ages 4 to 8. 32 pages.


The Little Green Goose, by Adele Sansone, J. Alison James (Translator), Alan
Marks (Illustrator).

Mr. Goose longs for a baby, and the barnyard hens are in an uproar over his
constant requests for an egg to hatch. When Daisy the dog unearths a
gigantic one, Mr. Goose lovingly builds a nest and hatches a scaly-skinned,
spiky-tailed "green goose" who calls him Mama. While the illustrations
reveal that the baby is a dinosaur, young listeners will delight in the fact
that the text never discloses his identity. Mr. Goose is a wonderful parent
and showers his child with unconditional love and acceptance. However, the
other chicks quickly point out the baby's differences and taunt him with
"Mr. Goose can't be your real mother." Despondent, the little green goose
tries to find a mother who looks like him, but soon comes to realize where
he truly belongs. Marks's sketches are expressive and poignant in their
simplicity. The little green goose, illustrated with a blue-and-green
watercolor wash, dominates the pages. A wonderful story with a clear
message: families are created from love. Ages 4-8.


I Am Adopted, by Mark Dicken-Bradshaw

As can only be seen through the eyes of an adoptive child, this faith-filled
book shows how, through trust in God, adoptive families can overcome fears
and differences to bond as members of both an earthly family and Gods
heavenly family. I Am Adopted is a testimony that God has a purpose for all.
If you are adopted, or ever considered adopting, join author Mark
Dicken-Bradshaw on his journey from birth family to foster family and
finally to loving forever family. Paperback. 24 pages.


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