An interesting seminar on Connection & Attachment

Our senior team attending a very inspiring and through provoking seminar yesterday considering the need for connection and attachment by children with their care givers.  Led by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk the 200 people strong seminar was both challenging and motivating.  As a team we will absorb the learning and disseminate it to all our staff but we would like to share it more widely with our parents too.  More information will follow in due course however in the meantime we would recommend you have a look at Dr Zeedyk’s website, and perhaps some of her publications such as Sabre Tooth Tigers and Teddy Bears.

Babies have a biological need for connection.  Without someone to share their joys and fears, babies cannot develop in emotionally healthy ways.  The experiences that babies have of other people become wired into their brains, with the consequence that early experiences continue to shape relationships for the rest of their lives.  In fact, a person’s whole emotional regulatory system is affected by their early experiences.

This book explains the biological attachment system that drives this need for connection.  It uses Suzanne’s well-known metaphor of Sabre Tooth Tigers & Teddy Bears to help make traditional scientific ideas come to life.  It won’t matter whether you bring a personal or a professional interest, this book will leave you feeling confident that you understand the basics of attachment theory.  Read more on her website