Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in Preschool Settings: A Tool for Identifying and Supporting Emotional and Social Difficulties

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Nov 15, 2012 - Psychology - 160 pages
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For preschool children with emotional difficulties arising from difficulties in attachment, standard observations used in early years settings are not always helpful in identifying their problems and providing guidance on how they can be helped. Combining an accessible introduction to attachment and child development with a child observation tool for identifying behaviour, and the emotional needs underlying this behaviour, this book enables early years professionals to identify problems and provide appropriate support. 'Case study' boxes help to illustrate typical patterns of attachment, and all aspects of behaviour are covered including play, interaction with peers, neediness, and aggression. A range of handouts and activities is included, and guidance provided on how to work within professional boundaries. Written in clear, concise language, Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in Preschool aims to equip the reader with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and support children's emotional and social difficulties. Suitable for use with children aged 2 – 5, this guide will be an invaluable resource for early years professionals, as well as for use by clinicians, teachers and learning support staff.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Acknowledgements
13
About this Resource
15
Child Development in the Early Years
16
Recognizing the Emotional Needs of Children in Early Years Settings
19
Understanding Emotional Needs through Knowledge of Attachment Theory
23
Introducing the Observation Checklist
27
Detailed Guidance for Completing the Checklist Section by Section
33
Analysis of Information Interpreting the Completed Checklist
59
Worked Examples of Interpreting the Checklist and Support Plans
69
Helping the Child with Attachment Difficulties in Early Years Settings
74
Helping the Child with Different Attachment Styles in Early Years Settings
86
Supporting the Emotional Needs of Children with Attachment Difficulties
100
Supporting Children with Multiple Difficulties
106
Appendices
113
Copyright

Worked Examples of the Observation Checklist
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Kim S. Golding, MSc Clinical Psychology, DClinPsy, is a consultant clinical psychologist with a special interest in parenting. She was involved in the setting up and evaluation of an inter-agency project in Worcestershire, UK, which is now part of the Integrated Service for Looked After Children. Jain Fain is an early years practitioner for ISL, supporting the transition of children from early years settings into school. Ann Frost works in Early Years and Education for ISL, supporting looked after and adopted children by raising awareness of their additional needs in schools and early years settings. Sian Templeton is an Educational Psychologist. Previously, she taught in Primary Education. Eleanor Durrant has spent several years working as a Behaviour Analyst with children with developmental disorders and learning disabilities. Eleanor Durrant is currently completing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a special interest in attachment. Previously, she spent several years working as a Behaviour Analyst with children with developmental disorders and learning disabilities and as an Assistant Psychologist within CAMHS, FIP and ISL.

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