We are all born with the capacity to develop trusting and safe relationships.
MI-AIMH hopes that all infants, toddlers and young children have optimal infant and early childhood mental health and secure attachment relationships, in other words, optimal social emotional development. Brain science confirms that the sooner support can be provided to ensure that very young children are being attended to in ways that promote their social emotional development and relational health, the better for them, their families and all of us! If a baby is attended to with warm, responsive and consistent care, that baby will be a healthier toddler and preschooler who later enters school and adulthood with a better chance at success. This is why we ask, “What About the Baby?”
We often find ourselves sitting at tables with colleagues or other providers who may not realize that a child’s mental health begins to develop in infancy.
Here is information that you can equip yourself with so that you can answer, “What about the Baby?”
Babies’ brains grow rapidly during the first years of life and each positive experience plays a role in shaping the brain and causing hundreds of new brain connections that become a platform for future learning.