February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA


  |  Attachment and Communication

Attachment and Communication

Early attachment for children is crucial for communication development. This poster outlines what insecure attachments look like and how we as educators can assist families who have had crisis or insecure early attachments. The main focus is extended NICU stays, adoption, stress or family crisis and children in poverty.

  • Insecure attachment and it's role in communication development
  • Who is at risk for an insecure attachment?
  • What can we as professionals do to assist in communication development for children who have had an insecure attachment?

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Jeanette Humphreys (), Fontbonne University, humphreysj@fontbonne.edu;
This poster will outline what a secure and insecure attachment looks like in children with hearing loss. My purpose is to educate parents, educators, and professionals about how to increase communication development for children who may have had an insecure early attachment to their caregivers for a variety of reasons. The three main topics of interest will be children with hearing loss and who have been adopted, live(d) in poverty, or extended NICU stays. I have researched this topic thoroughly and have created handouts and a web page with information from scholarly articles as well as surveys and personal stories of families who have struggled and overcame early insecure attachments. I have personal experience with my own child who has hearing loss and stayed in the NICU for 46 days. Those days were hard and I can relate to parents who have little faith in themselves because they were unable to meet their child’s needs based on health conditions. This poster will assist educators and other professionals in our field adapt and educate themselves on how to help families who are trying to overcome an early attachment that was less than ideal. This poster will delineate signs and symptoms for educators so they may recognize these at risk children. It will also have tips and tricks for professionals on how to assist families in crisis.


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