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Adopting a Child with a Trauma and Attachment Disruption History: A Practical Guide

Daniel Hughes, 2009

This booklet is a fact-filled resource for adoptive parents who have a child with trauma and attachment disruption experiences. Fraser provides tips and strategies that can be considered before placement as well as days, weeks, and months after your child joins your family. It addresses the day-to-day issues that new parents often get stuck on and provides info on the Four S’s parenting plan that she shares with families (safety, structure, supervision and support).

Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents

Deborah Gray, 2012

Attaching in Adoption is a comprehensive guide for prospective and actual adoptive parents on how to understand and care for their adopted child and promote healthy attachment. This classic text provides practical parenting strategies designed to enhance children’s happiness and emotional health. It explains what attachment is, how grief and trauma can affect children’s emotional development, and how to improve attachment, respect, cooperation and trust. Parenting techniques are matched to children’s emotional needs and stages, and checklists are included to help parents assess how their child is doing at each developmental stage. The book covers a wide range of issues including international adoption, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and learning disabilities, and combines sound theory and direct advice with case examples throughout. This book is a must read for anyone interested in adoption and for all adoptive families. It will also be a valuable resource for adoption professionals.

Attachment-Focused Parenting

Daniel Hughes, 2009

A guide for all parents and a resource for all mental health clinicians and parent-educators who are searching for ways to effectively love, discipline, and communicate with children, this book presents the techniques and practices that are fundamental to optimal child development and family functioning—how to set limits, provide guidance, and manage the responsibilities and difficulties of daily life, while at the same time communicating safety, fun, joy, and love. Filled with valuable clinical vignettes and sample dialogues, Hughes shows how attachment-focused research can guide all those who care for children in their efforts to better raise them.

Becoming Attached: First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love

Robert Karen, Ph.D., 1998

Becoming Attached offers fresh insight into the fundamentals of emotional life using lay terms so parents and professionals alike can really soak up these concepts. The author begins with the history of attachment theory and psychoanalytic theory and then continues on to contemporary issues. Such questions as: What are the risks of day care for children under one year of age, and what can parents do to manage those risks, are explored.

Broken Hearts, Wounded Minds: The Psychological Functioning of Severely Traumatized and Behavior Problem Children

Elizabeth M. Randolph, M.S.N., Ph.D., 2001

Broken Hearts, Wounded Minds provides an exciting, new and comprehensive look at attachment disorder, including the latest research findings on the psychological functioning of severely traumatized children and the effectiveness of attachment therapy. This book is aimed primarily at professionals in this field, but also provides an invaluable resource for any parents dealing with their own children’s issues surrounding attachment disorder.

Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children

Daniel A. Hughes, 2006

Hearts are for loving. But hearts fractured by early neglect and abuse don’t know how to love. Using a composite figure, Katie, a fragmented, tormented, isolated girl in foster care who is filled with terror, shame, rage, and despair, this book exposes the tragedy of the unattached child. It alternates Katie’s story with an analysis of the effects of her early life experiences. Building the Bonds of Attachment realistically portrays the experiences of poorly attached children and offers practical strategies for helping them overcome their difficulties.

Children Who Shock and Surprise: A Guide to Attachment Disorders

Elizabeth Randolph, R.N., Ph.D., 2002

Do you get confused reading complex, technical books about attachment disorder? Do you wish you could find a basic book that you could give to relatives, teachers, and doctors to help them understand the problem? Children Who Shock and Surprise is designed to provide you with a brief, but complete, description of the causes and symptoms of attachment disorder, some useful parenting tactics, and the most effective treatment techniques.

Creating Loving Attachments: Parenting with PACE to Nurture Confidence and Security in the Troubled Child

Kim Golding, 2012

All children need love, but for troubled children, a loving home is not always enough. Children who have experienced trauma need to be parented in a special way that helps them feel safe and secure, builds attachments and allows them to heal. Playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE) are four valuable elements of parenting that, combined with love, can help children to feel confident and secure. This book shows why these elements are so important to a child’s development, and demonstrates to parents and carers how they can incorporate them into their day-to-day parenting. Real life examples and typical dialogues between parents and children illustrate how this can be done in everyday life, and simple stories highlight the ideas behind each element of PACE. This positive book will help parents and carers understand how parenting with love and PACE is invaluable to a child’s development, and will guide them through using this parenting attitude to help their child feel happy, confident and secure.

Creating Secure Attachments for Adopted Children (DVD)

Heather Forbes and Bryan Post, 2008

Adopting a child requires a parent to understand how the child’s past experiences influence the child’s ability to be in a secure relationship. This video explains issues of adoptive parenting and will empower you with effective parenting solutions.