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A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder (JKP Short Introductions) by [Pearce, Colby]
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This excellent book is a concise description of the core characteristics of early attachment experience and how this impacts on children's expectations of themselves, of others and of the world in general. Attachment disorders are described in detail with recommendations for interventions which facilitate more hopeful development. It is relevant to those working with children in any setting, but in particular to carers of children whose early life has been affected by adversity. --Dr Heather Geddes, Educational Psychotherapist, The Caspari Foundation, London

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The usefulness of this book, for any professional working with children and young people who have any kind of attachment difficulty cannot be over stated. For those who have a limited knowledge, it is accessible, informative and practical. For those who have a greater knowledge, it highlights in jargon-free language the importance of understanding attachment. (Journal of Mental Health)

The first of these two books is aimed at practitioners working with troubled young children and their caregivers. Using the continuing story of a fictional boy, Matthew, it sets out to explain why children who have experienced serious adversity evince difficulties and offers practical suggestions for ameliorating these... the book reads as a professional autobiographical account of a journey with discoveries made along the way... the authors clearly have amassed considerable clinical experience and offer some insightful interventions. (Adoption & Fostering)

The book will be a real help in staff development and training. There are excellent case studies, exercises and self-assessment "tools". (Caring Times)

...a good starting point for prospective adopters and even professionals who have little knowledge or understanding of attachment issues... This is a simple, basic and easy book to read and a good introduction to attachment. (Adoption Today)

`With lucid diagrams, chapter summaries, and a glossary, this text is useful for anyone seeking exposure to or review of the fundamentals of attachment theory. ` (EABP Newsletter, Alexa Hubbard)

This book offers useful, practical advice, such as the importance of verbalising the child's thoughts and feelings and of responding to needs rather than just behaviours...highly recommended book. (The psychologist, Amy Critoph, Chartered Psychologist)

This is a fabulous book if you are just at the beginning to learn about attachment theory or want a very quick reference guide. (CAFCASS Norwich)

Colby Pierce's A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorders offers a concise description of how attachment works, its affects on children's behaviour and their relation to others and the world in general. Offering helpful case studies, the author looks at matters like arousal and over arousal, the components of effective treatment, the role of caregivers, and exactly how the parent-child relationship, in the very earliest period, affects the child's understanding of, and response to, those about him. This book is ideal for students and helpful for many practitioners. (Young Minds)

This excellent book is a concise description of the core characteristics of early attachment experience and how this impacts on children's expectations of themselves, of others and of the world in general. Attachment disorders are described in detail with recommendations for interventions which facilitate more hopeful development. It is relevant to those working with children in any setting, but in particular to carers of children whose early life has been affected by adversity. (Dr Heather Geddes, Educational Psychotherapist, in Fostering Newsletter)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1843109573
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (15 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E3F13UY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #291,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chapter one begins well, - we read about secure and insecure attachments,
secure, avoidant, ambivalent and disorganised.

The second chapter begins with a description of other attachment disorders -
and for the rest of the book there is a complete lack of
clarity regarding what type of insecure attachment is being described -
it seems to be the disorganised type. but then also refers to ADHD, CD,
ODD, and pervasive development disorder/autistic disorder.

It appears that the attachment disorder as defined in this book is either the disorganised
and/or one or other of the above. The distinctions are never made clear, and are lumped together
to form a homogenous whole.

So be warned - It is not about avoidant or ambivalent insecure attachment patterns at all.
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A concise, superbly written introduction to attachment disorder.
Ay parent of a child with AD is likely to be exhausted and confused. This book only took a few hours to read and absorb and has completely changed my understanding. Before this, adaption disorder was just two meaningless words.
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A book that 'does what it says on the can'! It has quickly become a favourite with our team and is quoted in training material that we are developing. It is succinct and well written with some useful case vignettes and offers some practical strategies for helping attachment disordered children. A recommended read for anyone working within the field and for foster and adoptive parents.

Robin Barker
Country Care Children's Homes
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As a well written introduction to issues around attachment, or as a quick refresher, this book has to be recommended. In one sense it adds little new to the field, but its length and clarity are enhanced by a useful running case history - the living details that bring theory to life. For anyone working with children damaged by insecure attachments, this book will be a constant 'dip in' companion.
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Clear text on handling 'difficult' children

This is an excellent little book on what attachment theory is about and how issues with attachment can leave children clingy and/or unable to relate to others including adults. And especially valuable is its limpid description of a number of techniques for engaging such children in a safe and constructive way. It is not always as easy as set out here, but the core principles are set out very well and Colby Pearce gets a great deal into a very short books. I recommend it to students and professionals at the start of their career, or who are moving to looking after children at any level, indeed to anyone who wants to learn about modern child psychology and what we can do to give children a chance..
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This book explains the concept of attachment and attachment disorder in a clear and easy manner which is suitable both for students new to the theory and those who use the model on a daily basis. Although a student of the Dynamic Maturation Model I found it refreshing to touch base with the founding theories of attachment and the book helped me explain the principles to my niece as part of her A level studies. Would recommend this book highly to anyone interested in the theory of attachment.
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This book is BRILLIANT! Short but succinct,a valuable resource and a great introduction for LSA's and teaching staff that have not come across Attachment Disorders before. A Must for the staff room!
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recently purchased, thoroughly interesting book that i would highly recommend to any foster carers dealing with children suffering from attachment issues or studying attachment, or parents who have a child that could be showing symptoms of attachment disorder. Easy to read and understand
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