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Page 10/10 Work plan: Things to do before the next session

Work plan: Things to do before the next session

“All the caregivers were eager to share the effect of their implementation (…). They shared for instance how one particular child who never smiles had been smiling since her caregiver started implementing secure attachment dimensions of care with her. She shared how she was available and attentive to her while being firm with her because of her ambivalent behaviour”

Instructor’s statement

CHECKLIST FOR UNDERSTANDING
  • What may cause insecure attachment behaviour in children?
  • How do you recognize avoidant attachment behaviour?
  • How can you act professionally towards avoidant behaviour?
  • How do you recognize ambivalent attachment behaviour?
  • How can you act professionally towards ambivalent behaviour?
  • How do you recognize disorganized attachment behaviour?
  • How can you act professionally towards disorganized behaviour?
  • At which age of the child’s do you have the best chances of helping it develop secure attachments?

“I had a child that constantly hurt the other kids and the materials. He changed a little bit when I used the techniques that I learnt through this session. Sometimes, I feel like he is still testing me and waiting for a mistake.”

Staff member’s statement

THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE NEXT SESSION
ACTIVITY
Please consider:

  • What strategies does your child seem to exhibit? This is most clear in the beginning of the relationship with the foster parents, or in an everyday situation where the child is feeling insecure, overwhelmed or scared.
  • Think of daily situations where the child acts insecure. Plan how you will respond with secure caregiver behavior:
  • Stay calm, sensitive, kind and firm when the child rejects you or blames you.

How you can give the child help even if it does not show that it needs help? How can you show your emotions clearly?

Describe a child in your care who in many daily relations show either:

  • Avoidant
  • Ambivalent or
  • Disorganised behaviour

Reflect on your reactions to the child’s insecure behavior. When is it difficult to act securely? Is it when the child provokes you, avoiding you, yelling at you, ignoring you or other things?

Thank you for your interest and good luck with your work until next session!