Attachment & Bonding

A Healthy Attachment is Key To A Young Childs Development!

Young children thrive when their special adults are consistently active and present for them and attending to their needs. Attachment is defined as an individuals ability to form emotional bonds, develop empathic skills and have enjoyable close relationships with other individuals.

There are four types of attachment:

  • Secure attachment: A child is able to socially engage with others when their special adult is present and may become upset when their special adult leaves them with strangers but becomes emotionally calm when their special adults returns thus demonstrating a healthy attachment.
  • Anxious-Resistant Insecure Attachment: A child becomes anxious when strangers are present and does not want to interact and will become upset if their special adults leave them and not to be receptive when their special adults returns to soothe them. This form of attachment occurs when parents are not consistently meeting the needs of their child.
  • Anxious-Avoidant Insecure Attachment: A child will show no signs of having a preference for any adult and does not want to be held. This form of attachment demonstrates that the child has learned that their needs will be ignored.
  • Disorganized Attachment: A child displays that they are upset with their special adult for leaving them however, when the adult returns they are still angry with their special adult. This form attachment is often shown among children whose special caregiver has experiences trauma before their birth.

Call Therapeutically Beautiful today if your child has displayed any of these signs of insecure attachment:

  • Avoidance of eye and physical contact
  • Rejection of attempts at emotional connectional
  • Frequently cries inconsolably
  • Frequently self-comforts rather seek special adult
  • Lacks interest in toys or interactive play

Secure attachment is so important to a young child’s healthy development, as it is how they learn to become independent and resilient adults. Children who have experienced disruptions and insecure attachment within their early years of development may grow older and have attachment issues and challenges with forming positive relationships as they get older. Therapeutic early intervention can help families with children to strengthen their relationships work towards developing healthy attachment.

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