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Infant Mental Health - What Is It and Why Is It Important

Type
Course
Date of Publication
July 7, 2021
Price
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Overview

In this course, you will learn about infant mental health. We discuss key contributors and barriers in the infant mental health field, the role of early relationships for healthy brain development and self-regulation, infant stress signals, and why infant mental health matters in early childhood settings.

Course Information

In this online course, you will learn about the importance of infant mental health for young children's development.

We begin by defining infant mental health and highlighting three of the key contributors to the field of infant mental health. We discuss several barriers to recognition for the field of infant mental health and describe why implementing infant mental health into practice has been challenging.

We then provide an overview of the importance of early relationships for healthy brain development and emphasize the role of secure attachments and self-regulation for infant mental health.

Finally, we describe infant stress signals and discuss why an understanding of infant mental health is vitally important for early childhood caregivers.

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