Rest – Play – Grow

img_2437I just returned from a wonderful workshop with Dr. Deborah MacNamara. Deborah is a faculty member of the Neufeld Institute and an expert on Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s work in Attachment Theory. She has written this book to help anyone working with, caring for or parenting pre-schoolers or those of any age with pre-school type behaviours. It is based in Neufeld’s attachment theory research and offers an intuitive and comprehensive approach to parenting, caregiving and teaching alike. Definitely a must read.

Our programs at Summersend are based in Neufeld’s attachment theory. We believe in building strong relationships and offering clients the freedom to grow. In addition to this, MacNamara explains the importance of play in the development of young children. We believe that by integrating the animals, as we do in all of our programs, it adds a more nature based type of play for our clients. I strongly believe in nature being a big part of our sessions and programs as it allows clients to be grounded and opens up their minds to imagination.

MacNamara’s message is that strong attachments bring emotional rest and emotional rest brings play and play brings emotional development. Play must be unstructured and have no other agenda than to simply be play. It can not be work or be outcome based, just simply be children finding themselves and exploring different situations in a a safe environment. Without rest and play there can be no growth. My goal is to help all of my clients to find those attachments so they can find true play and growth in their lives.

For more information and to read other articles by Deborah you can visit her website at