Observing Children With Attachment Difficulties in Preschool Settings: A Tool for Identifying and Supporting Emotional and Social Difficulties.
Golding, Kim S. Fain, Jane. Frost, Ann. Templeton, Sian. Durrant, Eleanor.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Philadelphia, PA 19106
Designed to assist those working in early years settings in the United Kingdom in recognizing the emotional needs of children, this guide offers an observation checklist to help structure observations of children (ages 2-5) in early years settings to identify their support needs. The resource begins with an explanation of child development in the early years and scenarios that illustrate the different emotional needs of preschool children. Attachment theory is summarized in Chapter 3 and ways this theory can inform support for children are discussed. Chapter 4 explains the focus of the observation checklist is on the attachment, emotional, and social behavior being displayed. Information is provided on when to use the checklist, making observations and recording on the checklists, using the checklist to monitor progress over time, and supplementing the observation with contextual information. Chapter 5 discusses the different sections within the checklist and their significance. Illustrations for each section are also provided, as well as sorts of behaviors that might be observed and questions to consider. Following chapters include worked examples of the observation checklist, information on the interpretation of the checklist, worked examples of interpreting the checklist and support plans, strategies for helping children with attachment difficulties and different attachment styles, and ways to support the emotional needs of children with attachment difficulties and those with multiple disabilities. Appendices include the observation checklist. 33 references.
Preschool children; Early intervention programs; Developmental assessment; Child development; Attachment behavior; Emotional response; Social skills; Observation; Measures; United Kingdom