Southampton University Primary PGCE – Blog Week 3

Various researchers have studied attachment and there are lots of different theories.  Attachment disorder is a sense of loss from physical, love or trust.  We can be attached to things and not just people but important to deal with every child differently.  Detachment is healthy and we are all on the attachment spectrum.  As teachers, ways of promoting healthy attachment include eye contact and body language.  When children become too attached it often shows in their behaviour e.g too clingy and have difficulty forming relationships.  Prepare for detachment in schools.  Important to boost a child’s self esteem, praise and be positive.  Work on moving things from their ‘comfort’ zone into their ‘stretch’ zone so situations become easier.  Non verbal communication very important – a teacher during the last placement allowed a child to bring in a toy to help him deal with emotional distress.  Worked as a really good signal for the teacher as the toy was gone after a couple of days once all ok.  Can only do what you believe is right for a child!

Sarah Farndon
Primary PGCE Student

As an introduction to attachment we were asked to draw an image of our favourite childhood toy or comforter. This activity got us feeling sentimental and many of us dug out our toy when we got home. We discussed that we can feel attached to routines as well as places, people and objects as many of us, being so busy with university work, are finding that we are hankering for our old routines back. This reaffirmed what we learnt; that attachment is on a scale and is a continuum, which we can move along up and down throughout our lives. Therefore attachment is not a problem, it’s the detachment that can cause problems.
In the primary classroom, by giving children choices and preparing them for any changes they go through a desensitisation of situations.

Lucy Cowdrill
Primary PGCE Student

 

 

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