Key Components of Healthy Mental Development in Infancy
During the first year of life, a baby begins to experience a growing sense of self as an individual. A protective environment and a supportive family promote positive and healthy growth.
The following pages examine the roles of the family and the provider in helping the infant successfully achieve social and emotional developmental goals. Topics include:
The interview questions, provider tips, and guidance for families suggested on the following pages are intended to be used selectively to promote healthy mental development; when a provider suspects or identifies mental health problems; or whenever a parent raises concerns about the infant's development, learning, or behavior.