Supporting Children Emotionally

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: 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.