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Suzanne Zeedyk - connected bayy guide to understanding attachment

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Sabre Tooth Tigers & Teddy Bears: The connected baby guide to understanding attachment

Written by Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk

Babies have a biological need for connection.  Without someone to share their joys and fears, babies cannot develop in emotionally healthy ways.  The experiences that babies have of other people become wired into their brains, with the consequence that early experiences continue to shape relationships for the rest of their lives.  In fact, a person’s whole emotional regulatory system is affected by their early experiences.

This book explains the biological attachment system that drives this need for connection.  It uses Suzanne’s well-known metaphor of Sabre Tooth Tigers & Teddy Bears to help make traditional scientific ideas come to life.  It won’t matter whether you bring a personal or a professional interest, this book will leave you feeling confident that you understand the basics of attachment theory.

Advance recommendations:

  • “I have never read a clearer explanation of the concept of attachment and why it matters in all our lives.” – George Hosking, CEO, WAVE Trust
  • “Reading this booklet was amazing.  It felt like Suzanne was explaining to me what my baby can’t say himself.”– Helen, Mum of 9-month-old Daniel 

Readers’ comments:

  • “Excellent description of attachment. Easy to read. This would be such a good resource to give to women during the antenatal period!”
  • “This little book was very easy to read and understand. As a grandparent who cares for my grandson, it helped me understand behaviour more. It doesn’t matter what age the child is when you read this, it will help.”


Suzanne Zeedyk - connected baby guide to dementia

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Rethinking Communication: The connected baby guide to advanced dementia

Written by Dr. Maggie Ellis & Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk

Human beings are communicative, right from birth. They remain so until the very end of their life.  Even dementia, in its most advanced stages, does not take away the capacity for communication.  This insight will come as a relief and perhaps even a surprise for many families and professionals.  This is exactly why the book was written!

The aim of this brief book is to help those who want to know learn to stay in emotional touch with people they love and care for.  Co-written with dementia specialist, Dr. Maggie Ellis, the book explains why human brains are so good at detecting attuned responses.  It reveals why attentive listening is experienced by the brain as safe, reassuring and respectful.

The information contained in this brief book offers a way to radically transform our relationships and dementia care in general.  Readers are likely to find themselves reflecting in new ways on the very nature of humanity.

Advance recommendations:

  • “The communicative technique Adaptive Interaction holds great promise. Yet the developmental theory of connection explaining its effectiveness is in danger of being misunderstood. This book does a superb job of showing how we can overcome this and truly honour each person’s” — Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland
  • “You did such a great job of getting my mum to laugh and engage. I haven’t seen her like that in such a long time.  It brought out a glow in her face.  It’s nice to know that connection with her is still there.” – Brenda Boyle, Family Member

Readers’ comments:

  • “Working as a healthcare assistant at a hospital, I have contact with many patients with dementia. It scares me, as I’m sure it does many people. I think the book is fantastic.”
  • “My mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over 10 years ago. I have practised some of the suggestions in this book and they really do work. It is so rewarding to see my Mum smile. We communicate with each other a lot better now.”


Promoting Social Media Interaction

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Promoting social interaction for individuals with communicative impairments: Making contact

Edited by Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk

The book presents approaches to nurturing communicative abilities in people with a communication impairment. It looks at a range of approaches, including intensive interaction, co-creative communication, sensory integration and music therapy, for people with a wide range of impairments including autism and dementia.

All humans have an innate need and ability to communicate with others.  This book demonstrates that that is just as true for people coping with communicative impairments as it is for those who are not.  The strength of the book is that it makes surveys a wide range of impairments, including autism, profound learning disabilities, dementia, early neglect and deaf-blindness.  It then explores communicative interventions that can be used to communicate and strength relationships.  It reminds us that our common humanity crosses all diagnostic boundaries.

Edited by Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, the book brings together a range of contributors who are specialists in their fields, well placed to comment on their subject area. This wide perspective provides insight into what it feels like to struggle with a communicative impairment – and it shows how those who work with, care for and love individuals coping with these challenges can think creatively about how to make contact with them.


  • “The contributors explore a wide range of approaches to communicative impairments, including Intensive Interaction, Co-Creative Communication, sensory integration and music therapy. A variety of impairments are considered, including autism and profound learning disabilities.”   — British Institute of Learning Disabilities
  • “These essays range from lessons learned in practical and clinical work to results of empirical studies. They address learners in situations ranging from autism to deaf-blindness to severe early neglect to dementia.  They also include contributors’ notions on how it feels to be part of such interventions.  Topics include assessing human intuition, music and imitation as part of human communication.”  — Book News Inc
  • “As you read this book, the most striking impression is the respectful way that each author approaches their subject and the commitment they show to their client groups.  It is clear that they are practitioners who actively engage with their communicative partners on an even playing field….As in any sphere of life, those who feel they will be listened to will communicate.”  — International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders

Readers’ comments:

  • “This book has an excellent chapter on Video Interactive Guidance as an approach to helping families. Useful to anyone interested in this approach.”
  • “Unusual to see such a broad range of topics covered in a single book. You begin to see how they all fit together.”



Suzanne Zeedyk-the-connected-baby

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Documentary film: the connected baby

Directed and Narrated by Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk

Babies arrive already tuned in to other people’s body rhythms, vocal tones and movements. This makes them much more communicative and sophisticated than we often realise.  That’s the message at the heart of this documentary film.

Presented and directed by developmental psychologist Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, the moment-by-moment analysis of babies’ movements gives remarkable insights into their capacities for communication.  The interviews with leading scientists helps the viewer to understand the significance of what they are seeing.

First released in 2011, through funding from the British Psychological Society, it is now estimated that the film has been seen by 100,000 people.  The societal importance of its insights is highlighted by screenings at venues including the Scottish Parliament, the North Ireland Assembly and New York’s Museum of Motherhood.

The film is divided into chapters with titles including ‘the dance of the nappy’ and ‘the dance of the mirror’.  This structure renders it well suited to a range of purposes, such as training for early years professionals, a community film evening, and home viewing for families.  Whatever your reason for purchasing it, the film will leave you moved in unexpected ways.

The DVD is region-free. It will play equally well on PAL (European) and NTSC (American) equipment.  A trailer for the film can be viewed here.

The film was co-produced with filmmaker Jonathan Robertson.

Professional Recommendations:

  • “This film is beautifully made, a mind opener in our rational age. Suzanne Zeedyk builds on the scientific evidence showing that babies are persons from the start.  The film will inspire viewers to reflect on the innate wisdom of babies and to value the joy they bring when in our company.”
    Professor Colwyn Trevarthen, Emeritus Professor of Child Psychology & Psychobiology, Univ of Edinburgh
  • “We love especially the chapter called ‘dance of the nappy’. It shows how important nappy changing is – that its not just a routine hygiene procedure or chore.  It’s a really important time for a baby to connect with parents. We want to encourage parents and carers to enjoy this contact time, to make it quality time. This film helps them do that.”
    Real Nappies for London Campaign

Viewers’ comments:

  • “As someone who teaches classes for expectant parents, I think this film is superb. For those who haven’t made the leap to parenthood yet, who are terrified, who have yet to fall in love with their child and who think diaper changing is something that must be endured, this film is just perfect.”
  • “I got a copy of your film for my daughter, who is pregnant with her first baby.  We had a spectacular evening watching it, and talking about the things she wanted to do to connect with the baby once it’s here.  The evening made me remember all sorts of things about my time with her as a baby that I had forgotten.”



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Training films: Connection in Action

Narrated by Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk

This double DVD pack contains eight brief films that show connection in action.  They help the viewer appreciate the ordinary, fleeting moments in which connection occurs for infants – moments that occur in the midst of everyday talking, playing, walking, singing and just hanging out.

Each lasting 15 minutes, the films include titles such as:  dance of the snacks; dance of the big brother; dance of the drunken sailor; and dance of the delight.  Calling the action a ‘dance’ highlights the rhythmic exchange that lies at the heart of all human interactions. Science is now revealing the lasting impact that such early rhythms have on a baby’s developing brain, self-regulatory system and long-term health.

With Suzanne Zeedyk narrating the action, the DVDs make great training tools that will suit a wide range of settings: professional presentations, classroom lectures, group discussions, and family viewing at home.

Advance recommendations:

  • “These films are magical. By looking closely at the everyday exchanges between parents and their babies, Suzanne Zeedyk reveals a hidden world of meaning. Totally absorbing.”
    Sue Gerhardt, Psychotherapist and author of the best- selling book Why Love Matters
  • “Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk beautifully captures the way in which ordinary events are emotional experiences that occur within relationships. These films offer a valuable teaching tool for professionals working with families and for families themselves.”
    Claudia M Gold, MD, Paediatrician and Author of Keeping Your Child in Mind

Viewers’ comments:

  • “I use the film ‘dance of the stranger’ all the time with my ante-natal parents’ groups. It’s great at helping them imagine what it will be like when their own baby arrives.”
  • “I would never even have noticed those tiny movements if they hadn’t been pointed out.  Even if I had seen them, I wouldn’t have thought they meant anything.”



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The connected baby Series

Narrated by Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk

These three interlinked courses are designed to give learners a solid understanding of the science of attachment and the processes of brain development that underlie health emotional growth in children.

The series is comprised of three modules:

Motorways in the brain: The processes of neural development

The fundamental neural pathways in human brains have been laid down by the age of 3 years.  The course explains how brains develop, focusing in particular on the importance of relationships in shaping development.  The implications that this information holds for our children, our selves as adults, and our society are explored.

Sabre tooth tigers and teddy bears: Understanding attachment

The fundamental neural pathways in human brains have been laid down by the age of 3 years.  The course explains how brains develop, focusing in particular on the importance of relationships in shaping development.  The implications that this information holds for our children, our selves as adults, and our society are explored.

Connection in action: Seeing relationships in everyday settings

Human beings are born already connected to other people and active participants in relationships.  Once we know how to read a baby’s behaviour, we are better able to see that connection everywhere around us.  Babies become more fascinating and less frustrating — and we become more aware of our power as professionals and parent to ensure that babies’ days are packed with connection.

The courses have been created in collaboration with Virtual College, specialists in on-line training and winner of the ‘E-learning development company of the year’ in the 2015 global E-learning awards. Virtual College provides the technical infrastructure and assistance to support learners in completing the courses.

These three modules are suited to the needs of all professionals interested in gaining a strong grounding in attachment theory and brain development. They provide the learner not only with a theoretical grounding in the subjects, but also plenty of practical application. The courses each require require approximately 2 – 3 hours to complete, depending on the speed at which learners engage with the material. Courses can be purchased individually or for large staff groups.

A demo for the e-course series can be viewed here.

Organisations now using the courses include:

  • Central Bedfordshire
  • City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Argyll & Bute Council

 Learners’ comments:

  • “I now feel really confident that I understand basic brain development. More importantly, I get why its important that I know this.”
  • “As a staff member in the baby room of a nursery, I think everyone who works in early years should be required to complete these courses. It gives you a totally new insight into how important you are.”