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The First 1,000 days: Promoting Infant Mental Health

by Monica Roosa Ordway, PhD, APRN, PPNP-BC, IBCLC
  • Duration: 1439 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

Infant mental health is an interdisciplinary professional field of inquiry, practice and policy, concerned with alleviating suffering and enhancing the social and emotional competence of young children. The focus of this presentation is to highlight the importance of supporting the relationships between infants and toddlers and their primary caregivers to ensure healthy social and emotional development. Considering the increasing understanding of the impact of toxic stress on the lifelong health of very young children, it is critical that we identify methods to buffer the experience of toxic stress on children beginning at the earliest stages of life. Without appropriate regulation from a supportive caregiver, exposure to toxic stress in early childhood can result in wide-ranging physiological disruptions, including alterations in mental health. This presentation will provide an overview of infant and toddler development, the toxic stress literature, and provide important information on how to screen and assess infants (and toddlers) and their families for risk and protective factors that may trigger or buffer the effects of toxic stress.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Discuss the dynamics of infant and toddler development
Objective 2: Identify protective and risk factors for mental health in the family environment
Objective 3: Understand the impact of toxic stress on infant mental health
Objective 4: Describe early screening and assessment methods

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks