Promoting Attachment with a Wiggle, Giggle, Hug and Tickle: a Programme for Babies, Young Children and Carers
Fiona Brownlee and Lindsay Norris, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015, paperback, 88 pages £17.99 ISBN 13 9781849056564
Yvonne Copland, foster carer
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Promoting Attachment with a Wiggle, Giggle, Hug and Tickle is a very good book which suggests ways on how to build attachments between carers and babies or young children through play and song, while having fun and learning together.
The book recaps why it is so important to build attachments from an early age, helping children feel safe and secure enough to develop emotionally and physically. When they trust their carers fostered children can thrive and explore the world around them which will then help build the child’s confidence and healthy attachments. It is also vital in helping to develop your child’s social and communication skills, such as encouraging eye contact and good listening.
This book is valuable given that experiencing happiness is very important to help attachment in the first year of a child’s life and stimulates brain growth.
When a caregiver gives a response to the child, the child learns that their actions produce a positive response and a connection is made in the baby’s brain, which will become stronger the more it is put into practice, for example mirroring, smiling, noises and so on. A secure attachment then helps the carer to respond in a loving calming way which will be less stressful for both parties.
I thought this book was a very good resource for groups to help babies build attachments, learn how to bond and to help develop social and emotional skills.
Taking time to enjoy and engage with babies and young children is essential for everyone. I would recommend this book to foster carer groups, nurseries and playgroups
or Sure Start groups: anyone with young children or babies.