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Cooper, A.L. (2012). When the Lullaby is Missing: Healing from an Infancy in Foster Care. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 11(4):356-367.

(2012). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 11(4):356-367

When the Lullaby is Missing: Healing from an Infancy in Foster Care

Amy L. Cooper

Infant-Parent Mental Health research and contemporary trauma-informed developmental theory have highlighted the critical co-regulatory functions of the early attachment process. It is well known that shared gaze awakens this process; however, what has been less explored is the role of the human voice in calming the body and informing optimal development. The ancient energetic practice of Qigong Sound Healing offers an important model for regulating emotional functioning. The discussion of its use in treatment with an adolescent, who was emotionally triggered by an infancy on the streets and in neglectful foster care, offers a potential model for the benefits of integrating traditional Chinese medicine's view of emotions and sound healing into psychotherapy.

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