Infant-parent attachment when a child comes with very special needs

Research has shown that the shared experience of joy and play between parent and child plays an important part in development.*

Peter Limbrick writes: In TAC Bulletin earlier this month, I asked for help in finding information about attachment issues when a baby or infant has very special needs. I had very relevant responses from countries including Canada (mostly), Australia and UK. I am making sense of the responses and will put a summary report into TAC Bulletin in due course. In the meantime I thought I would share two items. The first is an article on the Green Child website that was sent to me by Alison Benedict. Here is an extract:

Many parents who use attachment parenting techniques such as babywearing, co-sleeping, and breastfeeding report being told by health care providers that their special needs children are calmer and make significantly better progress than their similarly-challenged peers. 

However, attachment parenting a special needs child can itself be challenging. We thought we’d take a closer look at some of the obstacles parents of these special children often encounter when attempting to follow AP principles, along with ideas for helping them overcome these challenges…

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The second is a theoretical background to attachment failures in two articles by Alan Schore:


*Quote at the top from Gay Watson in Beyond Happiness 

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