Module 1: Promoting Mental Health in Infancy

OverviewFamily with Baby

The most dramatic growth in a child's life—physical, cognitive, social, and
emotional—occurs during infancy.

Major Developmental Goals in Infancy

  • Adaptation - baby's temperament, "goodness of fit" within family
  • Self-regulation - feeding, sleeping, emotions
  • Attachment and trust
  • Stimulation – cognitive, language, social and emotional, and environmental

Areas of Special Concerns

  • Feeding difficulties
  • Sleep/wake behaviors
  • Insecure attachment
  • Lack of stimulation

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