A Practical Guide to Caring for Children and Teenagers with by Chris Taylor

By Chris Taylor

This ebook publications childcare execs via attachment idea and offers recommendations for taking good care of little ones with attachment problems. It explains what attachment is, what assorted styles of attachment appear like in young ones and youngsters, how early attachment studies have an effect on their lives, and the way this figuring out might help childcare staff to improve healing methods of worrying. by means of figuring out those concerns, childcare staff are larger built to assist and aid the stricken kids they deal with. This publication indicates the best way to advertise restoration via safe base reviews in a healing surroundings and offers options and strategies to take on tough and challenge behaviour, anger and the results of trauma in youngsters with attachment difficulties. This crucial publication might be helpful to pros reminiscent of residential carers, social staff and foster carers who paintings in a healing surroundings with susceptible and stricken young ones and teens.

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To change these children will need us to accept, comfort and teach them, validate their sense of self whilst teaching important developmental skills, and fine tune our expectations to their developmental age so that they can experience success, not failure. • Under stress, they may revert to solitary defences that they have used to survive before. • They will have to work hard to learn how to live well. • We cannot do the work for them, nor can we save them. • We can comfort, teach, respect and value them.

Relationships are transactions, and even wellmeaning and skilled adults can be blown off course by the child’s anxiety and hostility. Caregivers can provide group living within a consistent, predictable, nurturing and stimulating environment that goes some way to help children to a more balanced way of dealing with the world, and to begin to use information from both emotions and cognition in a flexible way. This is an emotionally holding environment that gives the child the experience that their difficult, disturbing and uncontainable emotions can in fact be held and contained, and so represents the important and often missing primary experience that leads to developing a sense of trust and the ability to think and feel.

The child has developed a secure base and understands trusting relationships with reliable adults as a safe haven. The adult’s task is to allow the child to develop a coherent account of their early experiences. The child can now begin to acquire earned security through exploring contradictory thoughts and feelings from their early relationships and unravelling feelings of self-blame, shame and guilt from the reality that they did not receive care that was good enough, overcoming their denial or disbelief.

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