Starting from birth, children build attachments with their parents. When parent and child are attuned to each other, the process of attachment enables the child to learn self-regulation and self-control. The security and nurturing a child experiences build the foundation for future relationships and expectations. Insecure attachments leave their mark as well, but it is a negative one. Children who are denied a secure relationship with their caregivers-because of poor parenting, a caregiver's psychological problems, or outright abuse-are at risk of developmental, behavioral, and psychological problems.
This book is offers strategies to help traumatized children rebuild attachments with adults-their own parents, foster parents, or adoptive parents. Stories throughout the book illustrate the challenges and possibilities of helping children heal. The author explains how to use a companion workbook, Real Life Heroes, to help children work through their feelings using storytelling, art, music, and dance.