The Iowa Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IAIECMH) is a committed group of professionals who understand and value the role of mental health among young children and their families, and actively strive to deliver quality services that support children’s social, emotional and behavioral development.
Our Strategic Goals:
Enhance the quality and capacity of Iowa’s early childhood professionals to meet the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of young children and their families
Increase public awareness and understanding of the need for high quality, nurturing relationships during infancy and early childhood
Promote comprehensive and integrated services and supports for those working together to help children achieve their full social and emotional potential
Trauma-Informed Care: The Impact of Trauma on Brain Development and What to Do About It
Dr. Bruce Perry and Dr. J. Stuart Ablon will be keynote speakers at the 7th Annual Trauma Informed Care Conference on June 6th and 7th at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines. You won’t want to miss this opportunity!
Rachelle Swanson-Holm presents information regarding Iowa’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign. The objective of this webinar is to increase awareness of the campaign and to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, so children and families can get the services and support they need as early as possible. This webinar identifies free resources available to assist families, early care and education providers, and health care professionals to support early childhood developmental monitoring.
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
This brief provides a framework for understanding self-regulation and its development in an ecological-biological development context. It is derived from a larger report on work conducted by the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy for the Administration for Children and Families.
The Iowa Core Knowledge of Child Development assists adults with ideas to increase their knowledge and their ability to appropriately respond to children in their lives – whether as a parent, grandparent, child care provider, retail employee, medical provider, or any other role as a positive adult in the life of a child.
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.
“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.