The Language Of Young Children Essay

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The language of young children is behaviour. It is well documented that a secure attachment to a caregiver supports healthy cognitive development in children (Moretti & Peled, 2004; Mikulineer, Shaver, & Pereg, 2003; Scharf, Oshri, Eshkol, & Pilowsky, 2014). This paper will first provide a description of attachment theory covering the key points. It will then provide an example from practice placement at Toogoolawa School where the theory has been applied. Following this a discussion of relevant issues relating to power, ethics and politics that have been observed. Finally, it will reflect on the experience and how it relates to my personal and professional values. At the core of attachment theory is the early relations between infant and the primary caregiver, usually the mother (Levy, Johnson, Clouthier, Scala, & Temes, 2015). Attachment theory is based on the pioneering work of John Bowlby (1969, 1980, 1988) after a long and somewhat conflicted association with psychoanalysis (Holmes, 1993 p.62). Bowlby’s theory of attachment was partly based on the findings of ethology and argued that attachment between infant and mother was not merely an instinct derived from feeding or infant sexuality as Freud and Klein first claimed, but was a psychological bond in its own right (Fitton, 2012). Attachment theory has been influenced by many theorists however, the key concepts of Attachment theory are; primary attachment relationship, proximity seeking, secure base, separation
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