Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
The development of attachment is a process that children go through, which families and early care educators can have a positive impact on. Chapter 2 of the text and Nancy Balaban’s article, “Easing the Separation Process for Infants, Toddlers, and Families” explain the four types of attachment:
- Secure attachment
- Insecure/avoidant attachment
- Insecure/resistant/ambivalent attachment
- Disoriented/disorganized attachment.
Select one of the four attachment styles above. Imagine that a child in your program is exhibiting attachment issues in this type of attachment. For this discussion, explain how you might communicate with parents to help foster a positive attachment in the early care and education program. Your response should address the following:
- Characteristics of this type of attachment to inform parents
- Shared communication plan to engage parents
- Suggestions that you would offer to foster a positive attachment in the classroom
Include your choice of attachment type in the Subject line of your discussion post. Be sure your discussion post also includes a reference to the textbook to support your ideas.
Guided Response: Select at least two responses that focus on a different type of attachment than the one you selected. Provide a strategy/suggestion of how educators can support this role of attachment positively in the classroom.