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The connected baby: How understanding infant brain development changes our view of humanity

by Suzanne Zeedyk, PhD
  • Duration: 1439 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP
  • Handout: No

Human infants are born already connected to other people. Over the past 30 years, science has gained a much better understanding of the sophistication of babies’ innate social capacities, including the way that infants’ early emotional experiences drive brain development. Many practitioners remain unaware of these discoveries, despite the implications they hold for delivering high-quality care. This presentation will review these discoveries and reflect on what they tell us about our own humanity. Emotionally healthy individuals and emotionally healthy societies rely on empathy, resilience and trust. These qualities are precisely the ones being wired into the brain in the earliest years of life.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Understand that babies arrive already connected to -- emotionally engaged with -- other people.
Objective 2: Understand how connection drives brain development -- and why disconnection is distressing for a baby.
Objective 3: Reflect on what these scientific discoveries tell us about the nature of our own humanity – and thus what high-quality infant care looks like.

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