Book: Playing and Reality

Winnicott, D

1999 Routledge, London

Winnicott is concerned with the springs of imaginative living and of cultural experience in every sense, with whatever determines an individual’s capacity to live creatively and to find life worth living.

‘He was a man who could be ‘popular’ and completely accessible without ever ceasing to be profound, a man who ranged audaciously far and wide in the realms of thought but who always came back to home base, the psychology of the child.’
– Oliver Sacks, The New York Times Book Review

Book: Therapeutic Storywriting (A Practical Guide to Developing Emotional Literacy in Primary Schools)

Waters, T

2004 David Fulton, London

Literacy work can provide a therapeutic context in which to support children with emotional and behavioural difficulties in mainstream schools. This text provides a clear theoretical rationale for therapeutic storywriting.

By the author of the Story Links Project.

Book: A Secure Base

Bowlby, J

1997 Routledge, London

Controversial yet powerfully influential to this day, this classic collection of Bowlby’s lectures offers important guidelines for child rearing based on the crucial role of early relationships.

Book: Inside I’m Hurting

Bomber, L

2007 Worth, London

Inside I’m Hurting provides educational professionals with a much-needed classroom handbook of new strategies, practical tools and the confidence for supporting these children from an attachment perspective, thus promoting inclusion in the school system.

Contents include: how attachment difficulties can affect a child’s ability to learn; providing an ‘additional attachment figure’ in schools; the benefits and challenges of getting alongside children who have experienced trauma and loss; transitions during the school day; permanency and constancy; being explicit; regulating arousal levels; handling conflict; wondering aloud; lowering the effects of shame; working with transition from primary to secondary phase; developing effective home/school partnership (includes a photocopiable initial meeting prompt card); providing staff support; recommendations for future action.

Book: The Uses of Enchantment

Dr Bruno Bettelheim

1991 Penguin Books, London

The Uses of Enchantment book cover

Wicked stepmothers and beautiful princesses, magic forests and enchanted towers, little pigs and big bad wolves: Fairy tales have been an integral part of childhood for hundreds of years. But what do they really mean? In this award-winning work of criticism, renowned psychoanalyst Dr Bruno Bettelheim presents a thought provoking and stimulating exploration of the best-known fairy stories. He reveals the true content of the stories and shows how children can use them to cope with their baffling emotions and anxieties.

Book: Attachment Behaviour and the Schoolchild

Barrett and Trevitt

1991 Routledge, London

All teachers will recognize those children who, in spite of normal intelligence, ‘just can’t get started’ on learning basic skills; those who later lose their capacity for learning; and those who are resistant to learning, seeming deliberately to “get it wrong” and to rubbish their work. These children are apparently unable to make use of the opportunities offered to them in school. This can result in teachers becoming distressed and frustrated, leaving them in doubt about their own skills.

The authors, both experienced teachers and clinically trained educational therapists, take a fresh look at children who have lost their capacity to learn. They explore the relationship between emotional development and cognitive learning processes, believing that understanding this helps to make sense of, and resolve, the problems of confronting learning-disabled children.

The idea of educational therapists becoming ‘educational attachment figures’ for school children is introduced. The concept of attachment behaviour is taken from the work “Attachment and Loss” by John Bowlby, and has considerable relevance to children today, increasing numbers of whom experience separation and loss.