Touchstone Therapy Center, Inc.

Attachment Disorder, Trauma, Adoption Issues, Child and Family Therapy

Phone: (801) 485-8051

Fax: 1-801-485-8111

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The attachment between a child and the caregiver is the earliest and most significant relationships they will experience.

The curriculum for the “Parent-Child Connections” program addresses the attachment needs of parents and children (0-8 years) and is implemented through the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework. The format allows for weekly 1.0 – 2 hour sessions for 10-16 weeks.  An open ended format is also be implemented if needed.

The ARC focused goals of treatment are established to provide skills in multiple areas of development to both parent and child by:

• Strengthening and providing corrective experiences in the relationship between parent and child.

• Facilitating, modeling, and educating the caregiver with positive parenting practices.

• Establishing a rapport and therapeutic connection between the parent and the therapist.

Parent-Child Connections Program

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  1. Playfulness - establishing the caregiver mindset to be flexible, child focused, and playful.
  2. Acceptance of the child’s presence, abilities, expressions of emotions, and temperament dispositions.
  3. Curiosity of child’s play behaviors and intentions.
  4. Empathy toward the child’s needs, challenges, and presenting difficulties.


A) Attunement to the child’s emotional, verbal, and physical cues.

B) Responsiveness to the child’s needs and interests in a timely, accurate, and consistent manner.

C) Proximity - establishing, maintaining, and regulating physical closeness and touch that is consistent with the child’s needs.

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  1. Self-regulation of the parent in their role as the primary attachment caregiver in facilitating both co-regulation and self-regulation capacities in the child.
  2. Flexibility/Adaptability to the needs and interests of the child.
  3.  Reciprocity - establishing and sustaining back and forth interactions using multiple avenues of communication.

Sensory Motor

Sensory Motor Development - supporting healthy brain development through the use of neurobehavioral techniques such as body movement and mirroring, sensory stimulation, sensory integration, and sensory regulation.

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  1. Establishing play environments that are safe and consistent with the child’s needs and fostering ongoing and reciprocal interactions between parent and child.
  2. Managing stress in the caregiver role with the challenges that exist with parenting and that may trigger substance abuse relapse or past trauma.
  3. Limit setting and boundaries – provide instruction to parent regarding establishing, maintaining, and being consistent according to the child’s age and abilities.  Relationship struggles and discipline needs are addressed using positive parenting strategies.


  1. Teach, encourage, and positively reinforce developmentally accurate information and behaviors that are consistent with the child’s age and stage of development.
  2. A Pre-session discussion of goals and focus of parent child time and post-session summary of the key areas addressed, emphasizing the positive parenting practices displayed and identifying key areas that can be practiced by the caregiver between sessions.


Please contact us to request more information.


Touchstone Therapy Inc.

Fax: (801) 485-8111


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