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Games and Activities for Attaching With Your Child Paperback – July 21, 2015
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Finally a book to engage children in building attachments with their parents through playing games. This book is practical and offers fun activities to encourage closer relationships between parents and children.
– Dr. Sue Cornbluth, National Parenting Expert in Childhood Trauma, USA
When children are exposed to poor care very early in life, they have to suppress two very important processes that normally help children to feel safe with and enjoy their relationships with caregivers: separation distress which engenders the need for comfort and playfulness which leads to joyful connection. In this book, the author focuses on the playfulness side of parent-child connections, offering a wealth of practical, hands-on ways for caregivers to engage children in playful interactions. Parents and therapists who work with children exposed to poor care early in life will find this book extremely helpful.
– Jonathan Baylin, PhD, psychologist and coauthor of Brain Based Parenting
Packed full of great ideas for fun games and activities, this book encourages positive attachments between a parent or carer and their child.
When it comes to choosing the best games to play with children who have difficulties attaching, it is often hard to know how to play with a purpose. This book contains fun, age-appropriate games along with an explanation of why they matter. All the games included are designed for specific age ranges, from infants to older children, and help to address particular needs in children that are known to affect attachment, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. It provides an easy-to-understand description of attachment and reveals the crucial role that play has in forming attachments.
Written for parents and carers, as well as for use by professionals, it is full of strategies to help build healthy attachments in children who have experienced early trauma.
Finally a book to engage children in building attachments with their parents through playing games. This book is practical and offers fun activities to encourage closer relationships between parents and children. (Dr. Sue Cornbluth, National Parenting Expert in Childhood Trauma, USA)
When children are exposed to poor care very early in life, they have to suppress two very important processes that normally help children to feel safe with and enjoy their relationships with caregivers: separation distress which engenders the need for comfort and playfulness which leads to joyful connection. In this book, the authors focus on the playfulness side of parent-child connections, offering a wealth of practical, hands-on ways for caregivers to engage children in playful interactions. Parents and therapists who work with children exposed to poor care early in life will find this book extremely helpful. (Jonathan Baylin, PhD, psychologist and coauthor of Brain Based Parenting)
In a culture which is heavily focused on how to teach our children, or how to discipline them, the importance of play and joy in connection can get lost. All children, and especially children who have difficult early parenting experience, need connection and to discover the joy in relationship. Within this book Deborah Gray and her colleagues have delightfully put play at the centre of family life. There are lots of ideas for games tailored to age and with specific difficulties in mind. More importantly perhaps these ideas can act as a springboard for families to invent their own unique way of bringing fun into their lives. (Kim S. Golding, Clinical Psychologist)
...really interesting, to the point, succinct... includes games for bonding with your child; between an adult/parent, games for the whole family, games for siblings... would be really beneficial for... a support group, foster carers doing foster parent training or skills to foster, prospective adopters... or a social work team. 7 out of 10. (Al Coates, Adoptive parent and blogger at Misadventures of an Adoptive Dad)
Games and Activities for Attaching With Your Child is a critical tool for anyone who is looking to nurture attachment with an adopted, biological or foster child. Deborah D. Gray, an expert in the field of attachment and adoption, along with her co-workers, have written an easily understandable and accessible book about games that can help children attach even in the most difficult of circumstances. They clearly lay out the importance of play for children and how it supports brain development, good social skills and the ability to connect with loved ones in order to aid in healthy connections. Step-by-step, from infancy to teens, they lay out activities for families to play in a fun, engaging and meaningful manner. What I like best is that it tells you how to use these activities for children all across the spectrum, from "normal" children to those who are detached and afraid to connect and have been hurt by trauma. As a social worker I have used some of these games and activities with my own clients to excellent effect but best of all, have shown parents how to play with their children where it counts the most which is with each other at home. As a foster mom I can say that these games work and have enhanced my relationships with my children. (Karen Oil, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)
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This title is a practical handbook! It begins with helping to understand the value of attachment and how it in turn can contribute so much to other brain-based functions like controlling impulses and the understanding of the overall picture in life. This is followed up by showing us the value of imagination and play and how it affects a child's development.
After we are given the background as to WHY play is important the authors then treat us to a multitude of games and activities that we can do with our children to help promote attachment. The ideas are well laid out, first by ages and then with chapters that show us how to use play as an attachment tool for connecting the entire family and helping siblings to build attachment. Each activity specifies any supplies needed and suggests a time frame. The authors even go beyond and give additional ideas for children whose background requires them to approach the games and activities in a different way or through a slower approach. There is even a chapter on activities to help with mood and flexibility!
Even though I'm a mom with over three decades of experience, I found some new ideas and fun things to try with my children recently adopted from a Chinese orphanage. Some of my personal favorites were a new play on Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Who Is in This Family, and the (Sibling Only) Forts.
Whether you have a child newly home or several children that you are still working with to form a strong family unit, I believe you will find several ideas in this book to help in your task. Check it out!
** I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. **