A common characteristic of children with reactive attachment disorder is that they have trouble making appropriate eye contact with adult caregivers. Interestingly, they might be able to make good eye contact with peers or with strangers, and the RAD child will usually make excellent eye contact while he is lying to you, or trying to maneuver you.
Eye contact is a powerful tool. Demand it of your child, and use it whenever you are with him. It has been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and it is helpful to consider this to be true in regards to your child. Eye contact is not simply looking at your child. You should strive to look into his soul with eyes that are rested, loving, and powerful. Loving yet powerful eyes send a message to the child that he is safe, and that he is okay. In order to break through the wall that the RAD kid has built up around his heart this message will have to be repeated over and over, until well after he is healed.
As many of those who have parented a RAD kid know, eye contact can be a powerful expression of love, and it can also be a weapon. Be aware of how you use it. Hard, angry eyes will do more harm than good. Never forget that this is what he does in an effort to push you away.
Eye contact should not be in only one direction. Insist that your child make eye contact with you whenever he is speaking to you and when you are speaking to him. This may be a problem for the RAD child, but it can also be thought of as a good opportunity to practice.