Reactive Attachment Disorder
While Reactive Attachment Disorder – or RAD – is considered a low-incidence disorder, for internationally adopted children, children in foster care and those who’ve experienced abuse or neglect, its occurrence can be much higher. Students with RAD can experience symptoms such as an underdeveloped conscience, anger and control issues and an aversion to touch – all of which can negatively affect a child’s ability to form trusting, functional relationships. In this course, school staff will learn to better understand and support students with RAD by exploring attachment and disruption, common symptoms and behaviors and best practice interventions.
Dusty Columbia Embury, Ed.D.
Dr. Dusty Columbia Embury is an associate professor of special education at Eastern Kentucky University and former classroom special education teacher. Mom to two children, she learned how to be a better special education teacher by participating in IEP meetings as a parent. As a researcher, her work with to promote inclusion of students with disabilities has been a primary focus.
Laura Clarke, Ed.D.
Dr. Laura Clarke is an associate professor of special education at Eastern Kentucky University and former classroom special education teacher. Mom to four children, one with autism and epilepsy, she developed her toolbox of research-based strategies through great professional development and working with highly qualified teachers. As a researcher, she focuses on promoting inclusion of students with mild to severe disabilities through the development of engagement strategies to benefit all students.