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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Worth Publishing (4 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903269113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903269114
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.9 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Everyone in education should have a copy of this book! It's down-to-earth, practical, and I've experienced first-hand how Lousie's ideas work with children in my school. It is rewarding to see children who previously seemed so preoccupied, settle to learn. --Jan Carballo BSc HLTA

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Louise Michelle Bomber is qualified as a teacher and therapist. She has worked with individual pupils, classes, whole school settings, teachers and support staff across the primary and secondary phases. She provides consultations and training for education, social services and health. Passionate about inclusion, her curiosity, training and experience have enabled her to get alongside vulneranble pupils in schools in creative ways, enabling them to amake the most of all that education has to offer.

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`Inside I'm Hurting; Practical Strategies for Supporting Children with Attachment Difficulties in Schools' by Louise Bomber (Worth Publishing 2007) is an outstanding new book. The author is a teacher/therapist working in Brighton and Hove, UK and her passion is to support schools in becoming genuinely inclusive towards children who have experienced trauma and loss. One of the achievements of this book is that it manages to write about this work without taking a `medical model' approach to the behaviour of children who have had these experiences. As the author says - `we don't want children to acquire more labels'. She does however describe the children she writes about as having `attachment difficulties' but crucially, notes that `their difficulties stem from relationship' and it therefore follows that modification of their patterns of relating can also come from relationship. This is a very different discourse from that which sees these children as having various types of `attachment disorder' each requiring it's own type of `treatment'. This shift of perspective allows the author to then write about how the child who has experienced trauma and loss is likely to view the world and the people in it and to give those working with such children a wealth of insights and clues into what kind of person they should best try to be to meet that child's needs and help them learn and practice new ways of being in the world. Louise Bomber achieves this with practical clarity and a complete absence of jargon - her translation of the psychotherapeutic terms `transference' and `counter transference' into everyday language are the best I have ever read. Each chapter is full of quotes from teachers and support assistants who have used her insights and, within each of the key themes she explores, there are examples of useful scripts adults might use in difficult to manage situations
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Louise Bomber's book is an insightful, inspirational, clear and practical manual which entirely fulfils its aims. Born out of the knowledge and skill acquired through her experiences as both a teacher and a therapist, as well as a genuine desire to improve the educational, social and emotional experiences, of children who suffer Attachment Difficulties, she emphasises throughout that all of us involved in their support must be `gentle with our strength, strong with our gentleness.' She stresses the need for open , regular communication and non-judgemental collaborative support between all the adults involved in supporting and nurturing these children.

Her style of writing is an echo of her watchword for how to handle this group of children: She metaphorically takes the reader's hand in a way which inspires and fuels hope in being able to make a positive difference to the lives of children who have suffered trauma and abuse, whilst at the same time being realistic about the demands and stress which can occur in being the Key Adult for one of these children.

After an explanation of the three main types of Attachment Disorder and their possible causes, she takes the reader, step by step, through practical ways of supporting these children during all the key aspects of school, explaining when and why these children may experience difficulties. She includes the day to day access of the curriculum and gives a lot of emphasis to the all important beginning of the day, particular aspects of the school year, year to year transitions, including primary to secondary, as well as examining key events in the child's personal life in terms of their impact on potential learning and the additional preparation needed to support the child at these times.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Warner on 19 July 2007
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This book is excellent. I highly recommend it for anyone working with children with attachment difficulties. It is very easy to read, gives good insight into attachement difficulties and provides excellent practical advice
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bun bun on 23 Dec 2009
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This is an excellent book giving real insight into the issues that can surround attachment difficulties. I used up more than 1 highlighter pen going through it picking out the information I found relevant to pass on to my daughter's teachers. The school is now purchasing its own copy and I would recommend it without reservation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fran Todd on 22 Feb 2010
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Strategies for school and home to support children with 'attachment difficulties' - which includes those who are suffering chaotic homes as well as those who are under the supervision of the care system. This book is written for teachers but contains great advice for parents, not least in what to look for/avoid in a school and how to support teachers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. Bunker on 3 Jan 2010
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This book is a must for anyone working in our schools it is easily accessible practical advice to support working with children and young people who have difficulties.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kez on 3 Jan 2012
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this book is a must for people who have got adopted or looked after children in school, whether it be nursery or senior school. It is more aimed towards school staff, but there is also very helpful information in it for parents who have got children with any level of attachment problems. Invaluable when you just need a path in the right direction! The suggestions really do work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kozee on 17 Aug 2013
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Some of the sections are not as detailed as I'd hoped,
A good basic starter text with some useful pointers
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