Practitioners working with children under six are in a unique position to support and provide optimal responsiveness to a child’s needs during this incredibly sensitive period of growth and development, and to promote healthy social and emotional outcomes throughout that individual’s lifespan. The earlier we identify developmental concerns and the earlier we respond with appropriate supports and services, the more likely we are to positively influence a child’s developmental – mental and physical – outcomes.
In order to do this, every professional working with young children needs a strong understanding of infant and early mental health – what it is, how it develops, how it is influenced, and implications for a child’s development when mental health is vulnerable in the early years.
This workshop will provide an overview of basic principles related to infant and early mental health, and how this information is applicable to different professional settings and roles involved in caring for and serving this age group.
Early learning and care practitioners (ECE’s), home visitors, and child welfare workers, in particular, need to understand the impact of a young child’s experiences on their mental health and emerging sense of self.
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Infant Mental Health: (IMH101) The Basics