Nancy Gedge

The attachment issue

Children with secure and loving attachments to their caregivers undoubtedly have an easier time at school – but there is plenty you can do to help those who are struggling

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Attachment Disorder is controversial. There’s a whiff of mother-blame about it, and some extremely disturbing experiments in the past involving monkeys. However, when you work with children and young people, it soon becomes clear that those who have secure and loving attachments with their caregiver(s) – and this doesn’t have to mean their mother – have an easier time of it in school.

They are living with less anxiety. They aren’t in a state of high alert that makes it hard to learn. When they go through difficult times, they are more effectively supported and their mental health is protected ...

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