By Sue Jennings
Neuro-Dramatic-Play and fit Attachments breaks new floor within the components of attachment and baby improvement. in line with sound event and remark, Sue Jennings consolidates present theories of attachment and healing intervention; expands the usually slender view of what's understood via attachment; demanding situations the psychoanalytic rules of kid improvement and attachment and makes a powerful case for early years adoption of arts and play treatments. the writer has constructed the hot inspiration of neuro-dramatic-play that emerges within the moment 1/2 being pregnant and the 1st few months after beginning. She explains how an knowing of this mother-child interplay, that's primarily 'dramatic' in nature, is important for constructing a fit mind, robust attachments and destiny resilience. This obtainable textual content will curiosity all therapists and practitioners who paintings with teenagers, together with baby psychotherapists, social employees, paediatric nurses, paediatricians, baby psychiatrists and scholars of play treatment and all arts cures.
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The mother’s ability to resonate with the infant’s internal states, and translate them into actions and words appropriate to the child’s stage of development, will eventually lead to the child’s ability to connect internal states with words. 191) I think it is important to state very clearly that the primary attachment figure needs to be able to play! Attachments are playful and from conception women are usually playing with their infants and through play are establishing the attachment. We know that there is a biological drive too, what is termed the neurochemistry of bonding, as described by Cozolino (2002): The neurochemistry of mother–child bonding is very complex: The warm and happy feelings; the desire to hold, touch, and nurse; the pain of separation and the joy and excitement of reunion all have neurochemical correlates that 58â•‡ \â•‡ Healthy Attachments and Neuro-Dramatic-Play allow us to experience these wonderful feelings… Through a bio-chemical cascade, mother–child interactions stimulate the secretion of oxytocin, prolactin, endorphins, and dopamine.
This loving interaction is a two-way communication, at first through touch, sound and gaze. The social interaction influences the development of the social brain, and without this interaction, the brain will not fully develop. Certain innate responses to fear, usually through freezing, are processed. Just as parents can reproduce their own attachment history with their children, carers and therapists can also get sucked into a destructive dynamic that can be addressed only with careful supervision and sometimes personal therapy (see Chapter 12).
I emphasised the importance of understanding this critical developmental time for the emergence of empathy and healthy social relationships. In this chapter we look at our understanding of attachment and how it relates to the subject of Neuro-Dramatic-Play. We shall see how NDP can ‘repair’ damaged attachments through therapeutic intervention (see also Chapter 7) and can help build resilience in children and teenagers (see also Chapters 6 and 9). I will also describe my assertion that attachment is present from birth rather than some months after the baby is born.
Healthy Attachments and Neuro-Dramatic-Play (Arts Therapies) by Sue Jennings