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Through the Looking Glass
Gowrie SA is pleased to launch this set of booklets that will support understanding of relationship based programs and working in multi-disciplinary teams within early childhood settings.
The resources have been developed from work undertaken over many years in early childhood programs and have been writtten in an accessible, user friendly style. The titles are:
- Understanding Attachment Theory, Emotional Availability and Application in Early Childhood Settings.
- Concepts of Primary Caregiving and Structures that Support Implementation in Early Childhood Settings
- Establishing and Maintaining Multi-Displinary Teams in Early Childhood Settings
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Communities for Children - Direct Service: Through the Looking Glass
The Through the Looking Glass (TtLG) Project is a joint health, education and welfare collaboration that uses nominatedearly childhood services to assist families where there is an identified difficulty in the attachment relationship between the parent and child/children.
TtLG has been running since 2001 and is funded by the Commonwealth Government.
TtLG is a parenting program that works mainly with mothers to help them to understand how to strengthen their relationship with their child. It is suitable for families where children are easily distressed and unsettled, where the parent is experiencing anxiety about the relationship or where families are concerned about their child's behaviour. TtLG is uniquely located within early childhood services whereby early chidhood staff are able to continue offering focused support for the family after the completion of the project.
The project draws from the ‘Circle of Security’ (COS) project model (Marvin et al. 2002) which assists families and early childhood staff to understand and integrate attachment theory into practice.
More than 9 in 10 mothers who participated in the project reported being more confident in responding to their child's needs, felt better able to cope as a parent, felt closer to their child and acquired more understanding of their child's attachment and exploration needs.
Families can be referred to the project by any service/s supporting them, or by self-referral.
For more information contact Project Manager - Mary Scales, Gowrie SA
Phone 08 8352 5144 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
To read more about the project, view the final evaluation report from May 2009.