Category Archives: Attachment

Child development: The importance of emotional connection

Emotional connection, initiated by an adult caretaker, is important because it supports several extremely important aspects of a child’s emotional development. Connecting with the emotional experience of an infant supports a reciprocal emotional connection from the infant. Within this emotional … Continue reading

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Complex Trauma: Three things you need to know about how it impacts the developing child

Complex Trauma occurs when children experience prolonged and debilitating fear and distress as a result of adverse experiences that occur recurrently and/or in combination, and where the person or person’s who are responsible for keeping the child safe from harm and alleviate their distress is/are:
1. unable to alleviate the child’s distress; or
2. responsible or the child’s distress. Continue reading

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Trauma Informed Resources

One of the most common types of feedback I hear from people who have attended training in the field of developmental trauma and trauma informed practice is that the training focuses heavily on what participants need to know and not … Continue reading

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Trauma Informed Care Resource

This resource represents an endeavour to support the implementation of therapeutic care environments and effective working connections between home and school in support of recovery for children who have experienced trauma at home. Continue reading

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A Gentle Method for Getting Children to Sleep Part Two

This is a follow-up to the very popular article A Gentle Method for Getting Children to Sleep in their Own Beds. Continue reading

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When Punishment is Problematic

People do not act for no reason.
They may act in response to an idea.
They may act in response to an emotion. Continue reading

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Trauma-Informed: Adopting a Balanced View

Eyes are mirrors for a child’s soul. What do children see in your eyes? Continue reading

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Therapeutic Parenting : What it Looks Like

In this post I will provide a description of what therapeutic parenting might look like when viewed as enrichment of conventional aspects of parenting that support recovery from inconsistent and inadequate care and early attachment trauma. Continue reading

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Reactive Attachment Disorder and the Looking-Glass-Self

Epilogue In his 1902 publication, Human Nature and the Social Order, Charles Horton Cooley introduced the concept of the Looking Glass Self to portray his idea that an individual’s perception of themselves develops in association with how they experience others … Continue reading

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A Tale of Four Mice: An Attachment Story

Following the popularity of the allegory, A Tale of Three Mice, which formed the prologue to the first edition of A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder, when I was asked by my publisher to prepare a Second Edition … Continue reading

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