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Transitional Objects in Early Childhood: The Value of Transitional Objects in the Early Years
Amanda Norman
Routledge / Softcover / Mar 2024
9781032280479 (ISBN-10: 1032280476)
price: $59.50 (may be subject to change)
160 pages
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In this innovative book, Amanda Norman looks at D. W. Winncott’s theory of Transitional Objects in early years practice, the ‘good enough’ parent, and the relationship between the young child and primary carer in relation to the value of Transitional Objects.

Norman looks at how an understanding of psychological theories can be useful when caring for young children in both educational and research contexts, aiding those interested in understanding therapeutic relationships and applying the principles to promote the use of Transitional Objects in their work. Throughout the book, Norman uses case studies from parents, children and practitioner’s perspectives in supporting physical and emotional development. Through these, she shows how observing Transitional Objects is particularly relevant to living in the west, where a low touch, high technology culture prevails, compounded by living within a pandemic. This volume contributes to a timely connection between the understanding and application of therapeutic approaches within early educational contexts. Including an extensive glossary and engaging exercises at the end of each chapter, this book is a perfect companion for those approaching the concept of Transitional Objects for the first time.

Transitional Objects in Early Childhood is vital reading for those with an interest in the psychology of the infant/young child and their relationship and realities with the external world. It will be of particular interest to those specialising in infant and child care who wish to develop their knowledge of emotional development through play, as well as those working in a variety of social, education and health contexts.

Table of Contents:


Section One: Transitional Objects and Early Childhood

1. A Historical Overview of sentimental Objects and their meanings in transitions

2. A Winnicott Partnership: The Winnicott’s contributions to psychoanalysis and social care

3. Attachment, Object Relations and Transitional Objects

4. Transitional Objects: Parents, Personal to Public

Section Two: Transitional Objects and Early Years Practice

5. Transitions and Formal Day Care

6. Transitional objects in early years and caring contexts

7. A Cross Disciplinary Approach of Transitional Objects: Symbolic, Transitional, and Sentimental objects

Concluding Note: Looking Back, Moving Forward

About the Author:

Amanda Norman is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester, UK. She is the author of two books and has published works about infant care pedagogies and emotional wellbeing in academic peer reviewed and professional practice articles. As a practiced therapeutic play specialist and early years consultant she continues to support and liaise with early professionals working in the sector, in addition to her academic role.

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