Hope for Healing: A Parent's Guide to Trauma and Attachment

 
9781450771191: Hope for Healing: A Parent's Guide to Trauma and Attachment

The language of children is behavior. Feelings such as loss, grief and sadness may be expressed in angry, alienating behaviors. Children with attachment disturbances often try to protect themselves against further hurt, shame and anxiety by using behavior to push away those closest to them. Their emotions can become even more turbulent during adolescence. Fortunately, children with attachment disorders can be treated successfully, enabling them to have healthy, loving and trusting relationships. This guide is designed to help parents of children who have disabilities and/or disorders of attachment. The guide is educational, inspirational and supportive. Caretakers will learn a new way of looking at, and responding to, their child's behavior allowing them to parent more effectively. Providing a good home is not enough for many children. Parents need to truly understand their child's issues, and needs. Only then can a parent create a therapeutic home environment and access appropriate resources to promote healing.

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ATTACh, the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children, is an international coalition of professionals and families dedicated to helping those with attachment difficulties by sharing our knowledge, talents, and resources. ATTACh is an international leader in creating public awareness and education regarding attachment and the critical role it plays in human development. Further information regarding ATTACh can be found at attach.org.

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Hope for Healing: A Parent's Guide to Trauma and Attachment is a treasure and must-read for all who have embarked on the difficult journey of healing a troubled child, as well as for those who stand by ready to help them. It includes a simple, clear discussion of attachment and attachment issues; supportive, realistic guidance for how to be a therapeutic parent; and information about how to get appropriate help when you need it. At all stages along the way there are helpful stories illustrating parents who have traveled this same path. --Phyllis Booth, LCPC, MA, RPT-S; Co-Author, Theraplay

This new parenting guide successfully captures just how important parents are in the process of helping their hurt children heal and grow. Each page is filled with wise discussions of how trauma impairs child development and how parents can mitigate their child's challenging difficulties through their relationship with the child. Professionals working with children who have Developmental Trauma Disorder/Reactive Attachment Disorder will find information that will help guide their work; parents will find relief, develop insight, and no longer feel alone as they face the cascade of issues that traumatized children often bring into their new families. This is a must-read for anyone involved with children who have a wide range of difficulties resulting from early childhood maltreatment. --Gregory C. Keck, PhD, Founder/Director of the Attachment & Bonding Center of Ohio; Co-author of Adopting the Hurt Child and Parenting the Hurt Child; Author of Parenting Adopted Adolescents

Hope for Healing takes the discussion of raising attachment impaired children to a whole new level. It is not simply a how-to manual focusing on behavior (both the parents' and the child's), but examines the feelings underneath the behavior. It gently helps parents understand our own attachment styles and how that shapes our relationships with our children. Especially helpful are the examples of how to respond to our children's challenges with empathy, which for many parents, is like learning a whole new language. --Lynne Lyon, MSW, LCSW Founder of Attach-China/International Parent's Network and founder of Center for Attachment & Trauma Therapy, LLC in New Jersey

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