Intro to Infant Mental Health

Type
Course
Date of Publication
July 7, 2021
Price
See Agrilife Learn

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.

Looking for solutions in your county? Contact your local extension experts

More choices in Aging & Caregiving

  • Course

    Course Information Guidance and discipline are two of the most challenging aspects of any early childhood teacher's work. This online course explores what contributes to problem behaviors in the classroom, and how to work with children most effectively to promote positive behaviors. It examines the connection between the classroom environment and the children's behaviors. Funding […]

  • Course

    Providing a broad overview of 4 main areas of child growth and development, this course offers practical tips on supporting children’s development. Key findings from brain research and its relevance to the care of young children is briefly explored, as well as the principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP).

  • Course

    Infants’ experiences early in life literally influence the physical structures of the brain, opening the way for patterns of thought and behavior for the rest of a child’s life. This 1-hour course addresses critical topics related to caring for the youngest and most vulnerable population of children, infants and toddlers.

  • Course

    In this course, you will learn all about infant care. We discuss foundations of infant development, the importance of a loving caregiver, infants’ amazing abilities, and best practices for supporting their development. Through an emphasis on daily activities we show how you can build relationships and promote development.

  • Course

    Teachers encourage children to participate in experiences that actively engage them in communication, creativity, and problem solving. These core skills are critical in children’s cognitive development. Strategies for effective verbal interactions, encouraging problem-solving, and integrating the creative arts are explored.

  • Course

    One of the most challenging aspects of child care is deciding upon a style of discipline that is appropriate, effective, and in the best interest of each child. Students will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of various disciplinary styles and explore strategies for setting and enforcing healthy limits.