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Attachment-focused Early Childhood Intervention: Why and How: Presented by Dr Stacey Alexander

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Secure parent-child attachment is beneficial to child development, wellbeing, and participation while insecure and disorganised attachment is significantly associated with social, emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties (Cassidy & Shaver, 2016). Only 42% of children with a disability or developmental delay develop a secure attachment (Alexander et al., 2023). In this webinar, Dr Stacey Alexander will discuss why attachment security should be a central focus of your work in early childhood intervention and how you can make a difference. 

Dr Stacey Alexander

Dr Stacey Alexander is a psychologist and family therapist with experience in child protection, disability, and Early Childhood Intervention (ECI). Stacey was lead author of The Key Worker: Resources for Early Childhood Intervention Professionals and the Key Worker Online Course. Stacey’s PhD explored how ECI professionals can improve the attachment security of children with a disability or developmental delay. To share the findings of this research, Stacey has published several journal articles and has drafted a book, accepted for publication by Brookes Publishing. Stacey runs a supervision and consultancy service, and works part-time as a consultant at Noah's Ark Inc.


Alexander, S., Frederico, M., Long, M., & Vicendese, D. (2023). Attachment security in children with disability or developmental delay: Systematic review of quality and interventions Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention. 

Cassidy, J., & Shaver, P. (Eds.). (2016). Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications (Third ed.). The Guilford Press. 

Photo acknowledgement: Ana Tablas on Unsplash

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