Pina Giovannitti, Behaviour Consultant at Children’s Inclusion Support Services talks about Empathetic Responses and how this strategy can reduce challenging behaviours in your program.
CISS Behaviour Consultant Pina Giovannitti explains Safe and Secure Relationship and how it can reduce challenging behaviours in your program. The first video in a series of 3. See Empathetic Response and Conflict Resolution.
Creating Safe and Secure Relationships in early learning environments results in children who are confident and curious to learn, more able to problem solve and have increased levels of frustration tolerance. Safe and Secure Relationships are essential and are the foundation in reducing behavioural challenges in all age groups. When a child is treated with empathy, they gain a sense of belonging that leads to positive relationships and optimal learning. Further, when children are treated with empathy they learn how to be empathetic towards others. Continue reading
What is a secure attachment?
A biologically based (innate) connection children feel to their parent or caregiver on whom they rely to help them feel safe, cared for, and protected. Attachment is the deep and lasting connection that children form with the people they depend on for care and protection. The work of attachment does not belong to the child. It involves caregiver as protector and the child needs to feel confident that the caregiver will protect them. Children form different kinds of attachment (e.g. secure or insecure) depending on how well their needs are met.
Different types of attachment:
- Secure attachment – Caregiver reacts quickly and positively to child’s needs-
- Insecure/Avoidant attachment – Caregiver is Unresponsive, uncaring, dismissive
- Insecure/Ambivalent – Caregiver Responds to child inconsistently
- Insecure/Disorganized – Caregiver is abusive or neglectful; responds in frightening or frightened ways
Throughout development children strive for belonging, but they cannot mature among peers alone. Throughout development children strive for independence, but they cannot thrive in isolation. As children grow they require the guidance of adult mentors who understand their needs and who can help facilitate peer interactions. By satiating the attachment needs of the child, adults give them the confidence they need to explore and become capable and competent people. Children need to trust that our bond with them is bigger than any problem they can encounter. In this segment we will examine adult attachment versus peer orientation with regard to stages of development. Continue reading
Safe and Secure relationships are the result of adults and children engaging in successful exchanges of bonding and attachment behaviour. Adults are responsible for initiating opportunities for bonding through responsive caregiving. Children become receptive to attachment through their engagement with the responsive adult. Creating Safe and Secure relationships in Early Learning environments results in children, who are confident and curious to learn, are more able to problem solve and have increased levels of frustration tolerance. Safe and Secure relationships are essential and the foundation in reducing behavioural challenges. Continue reading