Attachment is the deep and lasting emotional connection that children form with those that care for them. It describes the relationship between a child and parent, caregiver or other loving adult that develops in the first few years of life, and continues into adolescence.
Research shows the importance of attachment between the child and their parent or caregiver in the early stages of life through their childhood and adolescent years. In order to achieve optimal growth and development, a child needs to feel safe, secure and protected. The quality of these relationships has a significant impact on the child's later social, emotional, and cognitive development.
The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative has created a video entitled How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development, which showcases how environment and experiences early in life influence the development of the brain and its later impacts on health and wellbeing.