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1 A taste of attachment Dr Jenny Suthers Clinical Psychologist Golden Grove, SA

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3 Attachment is about relationships

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5 Babies aren’t born attached

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7 Parents influence their child’s attachment

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9 Securely attached children, view: the world as safe adults as consistent and reliable themselves as lovable

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11 Insecurely attached children, view: the world as unsafe adults as inconsistent and unreliable themselves as unlovable

12  1988 Cooper, Hoffman, Marvin, & Powell – circleofsecurity.org

13 Carer clings tight  world is not safe, child is not capable “Let me do it for you – let me speak for you” “I’m the only one who understands you” “I will organise everything and you just come along” Problems with the top of the Circle

14 Carer dismisses child’s need for comfort  carer isn’t safe, child must rely on themselves “Don’t bother me now, I’m busy” “You need to learn this for yourself” “Suck it up, princess” Problems with the bottom of the Circle

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16 Working with children, with an attachment mindset, is an attitude, not a technique

17 Children with ASD have the same attachment styles as the rest of the population

18 Split-screen still-face experiment

19 What did you see? What effect would this have on the child, day after day? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btg9PiT0sZg

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21 Children love to be understood

22 Deal with your own stuff Remain calm

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24 Mirror neurones in action can look like this

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29 Behaviour is communication

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31 Pay attention to your child and listen to what they tell you

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33 Be empathic

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35 Teach new skills

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37 Working from an attachment mindset starts with you

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39 Attachment is about relationships Attachment impacts on every future relationship

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41 I will use my words and my actions to tell you: when you need me, I will be there for you nothing will take priority over you I will remove any threat from you if I can’t remove the threat, I will face it with you differences, misunderstandings, or conflicts will never threaten our relationship

42 Today’s presentation is based, in part, on the work of: Dan Hughes Dan Siegel Kent Hoffman (Circle of Security) Bruce Perry Arthur Becker-Weidman Some Resources Colby Pearce: “A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder” For teachers working with foster children: “Calmer Classrooms” from the Commission for Children and Young People (Victoria) Go to www.ccyp.vi.gov.au and type Calmer Classrooms into the search box

43 Budweiser Clydesdales – 2013 Super Bowl http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTbLBL2P6YA


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