Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in Preschool Settings: A Tool for Assessment and Support

Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in Preschool Settings: A Tool for Assessment and Support


By (author) Kim S. Golding, By (author) Jane Fain, By (author) Anne Frost, By (author) Sian Templeton, By (author) Eleanor Durrant

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  • Format: Paperback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 276mm x 10mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849053375
  • ISBN 13: 9781849053372
  • Sales rank: 288,979

Product description

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 Preschool Children with Attachment or Emotional Difficulties" 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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Author information

Kim S. Golding 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 (ISL). 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 is currently completing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a special interest in attachment.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements.; Biographies.; Foreword.; Introduction.; 1. Recognising the Emotional Needs of Children in Early Years Settings.; 2. Observation Checklist.; 3. Notes to Accompany Observation Checklist.; 4. Developing Support to Meet the Emotional Needs of Children in Early Years Settings.; 5. Challenges in Supporting the Emotional Needs of Children with Attachment Difficulties.; Appendix 1. Attachment Theory and Early Years Settings.; Appendix 2. Helping the Child with Attachment Difficulties in Early Years Settings.; Appendix 3. Helping the Child with Different Attachment Styles in Early Years Settings.; Appendix 4.; Case Study 1.; Appendix 5.; Case Study 2.; Appendix 6.; Glossary.; Appendix; 7. Glossary for UK Education System.; References.