Friday, January 11, 2008
One kind of treatment used with emotionally disturbed children is residential treatment. It brings some scary pictures to mind for me. We toured one yesterday. Residential treatment can be a step for treatment for a child with RAD if all other methods have failed. "Failed" does not mean failure on the part of parents, therapists or anyone else involved. It means failure to heal. Such as a cancer treatment can fail to work for certain patients. Then you try a different one. What residential facilities can offer is structure, intensive counseling, and separation from family for a time to get a different perspective. In many of these facilities all privileges must be earned no matter how small. They are set up in "family" units in houses around the property and a "mom and dad" run each house. Does this sound like fun? NO. Would we ever consider it? If all else has failed. The most important thing in this is that our son heals. Not that we feel good, but that he heals. We are still working on twice a week therapy. I don't know if I dare say I detected a change since yesterdays tour, but I might. Residential treatment may sound like giving up to some, but to me it is a step in treatment.