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Attachment disorders: Practical advice for the classroom

SEN expert Garry Freeman offer us some practical guidance on strategies to help teachers work with and support young people who have attachment disorders

We all have many things in common as human beings. Among the most instinctive, primordial, of these is our need for secure attachments – when we reach out as a child to form secure relationships with our parents and those around us.

Those secure attachments allow children to feel worthwhile, enabling them to develop the confidence to learn and experience new things. As they move through school, this means that they have the potential to experience academic success.

Insecure attachments develop when a child’s physical or emotional needs go unmet, giving a child a very different experience of the world and people around them: a place full of anxiety producing feelings of being unsafe.

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