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9. Hyper-Attachment

Definition Absent Very Mild Mild Moderate Severe
Overly attached to primary handler, seeks to return to primary handler when handled by others
  • Readily adapts to new handler or caretaker even when primary handler is visible
  • Demonstrates slight attachment to primary handler and familiar individuals
  • Signs may include:
    1. looking for handler
    2. Readily adapts to a new handler or caretaker who provides support for short periods
  • Demonstrates mild attachment to primary handler and familiar individuals
  • Signs may include:
    1. looking for handler
    2. exhibiting mild anxiety with or without minor vocalizing
    3. readily adapts to new handler or caretaker with support, which may include use of food
  • Forms strong attachments to primary handler and familiar individuals
  • Signs may include:
    1. prolonged seeking of primary handler
    2. moderate anxiety and difficulty and/or unwillingness to work with and respond to new handler despite providing support.
    3. difficulty staying on task.
  • Adapts slowly to new handler or caretaker even when primary handler is not visible.
  • Forms very strong attachments to primary handler and familiar individuals
  • Signs may include:
    1. severe anxiety and prolonged inability or unwillingness to work with and respond to new handler despite providing support.
    2. unable to stay on task.
  • Very slow adaptation to new handler or caretaker if primary handler is not present
Video Examples
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