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About Face: A New Look at Child Development and Attachment Through the Lens of Neuroscience
Dr. Lane Strathearn, Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Physician Director at the University of Iowa’s Center for Disabilities and Development, presents information regarding research conducted in the Attachment and Neurodevelopment Lab, discusses how face-to-face parent-infant interaction promotes healthy social and emotional development, explains the mechanisms through which adverse childhood experiences may adversely impact child development, and explores some specific examples of parental psychopathology and potential effects on parenting capacity.
*Please note: the Internet connection became unstable near the beginning of the webinar, causing the recording to freeze in two locations. The issue does resolve itself, however.
The Guts and Fats of Strong Cognitive Health
Melanie Schmidt presents information on how the type of foods children eat can influence cognitive health.
*Disclaimer: The thoughts and opinions expressed in this video are those of the presenter, and do not necessarily represent those of the IAIECMH.
NAMI Iowa Children’s Mental Health Coalition – Statewide Call to Action
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Infant Mental Health Endorsement: What, Why and How?
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Young Children and Autism Spectrum Disorder (PDF of slide presentation)
Quality in Home-Based Family Support Programs (PDFof slide presentation)
This series is designed to enhance participants’ skills and knowledge around how to implement effective mental health consultation in early learning programs. Although it was designed to address the needs of Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) programs, the series is useful for all professionals involved in the delivery of mental health services in early learning programs.
8 Things to Remember About Child Development by the Center for the Developing Child
“Building on a well-established knowledge base more than half a century in the making, recent advances in the science of early childhood development and its underlying biology provide a deeper understanding that can inform and improve existing policy and practice, as well as help generate new ways of thinking about solutions. In this important list, featured in the From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts report, the Center on the Developing Child sets the record straight about some aspects of early child development.”
While parents have a general understanding that what happens in a child’s early years can last a lifetime, many don’t realize the critical importance of the first year of life. Understanding what children are taking in and learning during daily interactions can help parents nurture their child’s healthy development.
The new Iowa ACEs report – Beyond ACEs: Building Hope & Resiliency in Iowa – shows that most Iowa adults have experienced childhood trauma, an indicator of higher rates of chronic diseases, mental illness, violence, risky behaviors, and reduced life expectancy. Emerging Iowa responses highlight the importance of building caring relationships within sectors and communities to promote resiliency so that we can improve our well-being.
A new initiative that aims to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety that occurs during pregnancy or after the baby is born. This site offers free health education materials in both English and Spanish.