SEAM Safety The caregiver provides physical and psychological safety for the child through responsive care, supportive words, establishing routines, fl exibility, soothing, and reassurance. Emotional container The caregiver remains calm despite the child’s distress. This helps the child recognize that emotions can be managed and that the child is valued as the caregiver helps dampen the distress. The caregiver recognizes that emotions are not necessarily directed at them but expressed with them. Availability (predictable compassionate availability) The caregiver is consistent and predictable, yet fl exible, warm, responsive, and empathic toward the infant/child so that the child knows what to expect and that care is dependable. Mind in Mind The caregiver is able to “hold the child’s mind in mind,” to essentially “psychologically hold” the child. The caregiver looks at the situation from the child’s perspective. Moreover, when the child is distressed, the caregiver can identify the child’s distress and respond accordingly. 204 Appendix B—Attachment Handouts Using SEAM to Promote Secure Attachment CTAR BOOK.indb 204 5/16/21 2:54 PM
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