Play Therapist - Building Stronger Relationships Through Play
RSS

Recent Posts

Considerations When Choosing A Counselor Who Works With Attachment Issues
Attachment Focused Parenting Group
Considerations When Choosing a Therapist who Works with Children With Reactive Attachment Disorder
STL Parent Article
Hypnosis
powered by

My Blog

Eye Contact

Eye contact is crucial in attunement and ultimately the attachment process.  Some children with Reactive Attachment disorder have difficulty maintaining eye contact.  I believe that eye contact does one of two things to these children.  One, it can be perceived as threatening to some children with RAD.  Second, it elicits feelings of shame in these children as the "self" has been exposed. 
 
While I would not encourage a caregiver to force eye contact, I would encourage the caregiver to have the child practice eye contact.  It is important to accept where these children are at.  If a child cannot maintain any type of eye contact, I would get a knitted-blanket with holes in it.  Place the blanket over the child's head.  Thus, the child can look at you but does not have to be exposed to your eye contact.  Then just have a short conversation with the child.  Do this several times a day. 
 
If the child is able to tolerate limited amounts of eye contact, you can have the child look into your eyes periodically throughout the day while having a conversation.  Have the child maintain eye contact for as long as he or she is able to tolerate it.

2 Comments to Eye Contact:

Comments RSS
fghf on Saturday, October 21, 2017 3:20 AM
dfgfdg
Reply to comment


online asignment help on Saturday, October 21, 2017 3:20 AM
I can not wait to visit this playtherapiststl blog, basically it has been sharing about eye contact for crucial in attunement and the ultimately attachment process. Thanks for sharing and giving us wonderful information as well,keep it up.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment