Using the science that underlies more extreme approaches to "attachment parenting," The Attachment Connection helps parents sort out the facts from the fiction about parent-child attachment and shows how paying attention to the cognitive needs of a growing child can help him or her grow up healthy, secure, and confident. Despite what some current child-development fads may claim, a child's future cognitive ability depends more on the emotional attunement between the parent and child than it does on cognitive stimulation, such as instructional flashcards or videos. Secure attachment gives kids a head start on development; they grow into well-adjusted, emotionally and psychologically stable, and resilient adults. This book looks at the biology of attachment theory: How does parent/child attunement affect the growth and development of the baby's brain and social and emotional functions?
Ruth P. Newton, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in attachment and affect regulation in the developing child. She is also the supervising psychologist for Child and Mental Health Services at St. Vincent de Paul Village, San Diego, and a training supervisor for master and doctoral-level interns. She works with children and adults in a private practice in La Jolla, CA, and is a longtime consultant for SAY San Diego's Extended Day Childcare program.