What would a genuinely supportive
school day look like in practice, for children who have experienced
attachment difficulties and developmental vulnerability? What are the core
features of an attachment-friendly school? How can we promote inclusion
and positively affect learning outcomes amongst pupils in need, at risk,
in care & adopted?
LOUISE BOMBČR, teacher,
therapist, trainer and author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling
book, 'Inside I'm Hurting' (2007), draws on her
extensive experience in working with these children and young people. She
takes you on a guided journey through the school day, offering innovative
new strategies to help you work with these pupils as they move through each
challenge, from making the transition to school in the morning, to leaving
at the end of the day. The book is full of practical ideas that can be easily
integrated into the busy-ness of everyday school life. Complicated methods
and procedures are unnecessary - the good news is that genuine relationship
will provide children and adolescents who have experienced relational traumas
and losses with the core support they need. The author urges readers to
take up our collective responsibility to ensure such pupils receive all
they need in order to prosper, adapt and recover, so that they can live
well and contribute well within our school communities and beyond. In her
own words, "Let's seize the day! There is not a moment to be wasted".
"True school inclusion is
like an onion: Louise's book provides layer upon layer of strategies and
understanding for those practitioners who hold inclusion in their core".
Lauren Wallace Learning Mentor Co-Ordinator
Louise Michelle Bombčr is qualified as both a teacher and a therapist. She
has worked with individual pupils, classes, whole school settings, teachers
and support staff across both the primary and secondary phases. She provides
consultations and training for education, social services and health, and
in a private capacity, for children in care. Her extensive work promotes
inclusion in its widest sense from making recommendations in schools through
to facilitating arts projects.
A practical resource for teachers, psychologists, parents, SENCO's, support
staff, educational therapists, counsellors, play therapists, Sure Start
and nursery staff, governors, educational policy makers, and all involved
in facilitating pupils' learning and well-being.