The Attachment Dance
Difficulties in attachment and bonding are not uncommon among adoptees despite adoption during infancy into a loving family and secure environment. Children may be too young to articulate what they’re feeling, or what they’ve experienced before and after adoption, yet signs of attachment disorder may manifest in certain behaviors, i.e., difficulty sleeping, sadness, anger, excessive shyness, indiscriminate friendliness, hyperactivity, sensory impairments, aggression. Dr. Karyn Purvis, director of the TCU Institute of Child Development, has devoted the past decade to developing research-based interventions for at-risk children. She helps us to understand the cycle of attachment and how to build a healthy attachment between caregiver and child in the audio below (approximately 1.5 hours).
Over 100 people joined Texans Care at the Texas Capitol on October 3rd to hear Dr. Karyn Purvis speak on The Attachment Dance: How Abuse and Neglect Drive Attachment Problems.
Opening the presentation, Dr. Purvis analyzed drawings that children had made of their families and pointed out indicators that a child either feels a part of a healthy family unit or disconnected from other household members. She then explained the attachment cycle and how it affects a child behaviorally and neurochemically when he or she expresses a need that is met or, conversely, when that need is not met. The impact of this cycle on a child’s behavior, self-regulation, and mental health were discussed, as well as the importance of touch and sensory stimulation in forming healthy attachment between a baby and caregiver.
Click on the link below to listen to the audio:
You can also order the DVD through TCU Institue of Child Development