Sensory Attachment Intervention
"Sensations are food or nourishment for the nervous system, the brain needs a continuous variety of sensory nourishment to develop and then to function" Ayres 1979.
Our sensory systems develop through caring activities and attunement from our carers. This forms the process known as co-regulation.
These early experiences with our care givers also shape the development of our attachment behaviours which continue to influence our ongoing interactions and ability to contain and regulate our emotions.
There may have been disruptions to this process that begun in utero, as a result of a traumatic birth, separation from birth parents, medical interventions, adverse childhood experiences, or from early neglect or abuse.
Pleasurable sensory experiences sculpt and strengthen the pathways and brain connections linked with emotional regulation. A lack of or absence of organising physiological experiences means the brain relies on more primitive areas and results in exaggerated or sensitised stress responses such as increased fight-flight behaviours. This is also evidenced as poor sensory processing with under or over responsive patterns.
"Scientists believe the most important factor in creating attachment is positive physical contact (e.g., hugging, holding, and rocking). It should be no surprise that holding, gazing, smiling, kissing, singing, and laughing all cause specific neurochemical activities in the brain. These neurochemical activities lead to normal organisation of brain systems that are responsible for attachment” Bruce Perry
Understanding our attachment patterns and sensory processing preferences can guide and inform intervention to support improved relationship and regulation between parent and child. We can build in regular doses of pleasurable and organising sensory experiences into daily life. We can build positive ways to connect and communicate through simple shared activities.
Developmental including gross and fine motor skills
Child Attachment and Play Assessment (CAPA)
Parent and child interaction: Marschak Interaction
Meaning of the Child Parent Interview (MotC)
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