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29th Infancy Institute — 2016

Tuesday, June 21

1. Building Bridges, Not Walls: Sharing Sensitive Information with Families

Susan Gellert, Quality Improvement Specialist, Bergen County NJ Office for Children

Finding effective ways to communicate with parents of infants and toddlers when it is time for difficult conversations can be among the most challenging and stressful aspects of our work. In this workshop we will:

  1. Learn about the emotional/psychological processes that underlie the tensions and disagreements that may occur in early care and education programs
  2. Understand the importance of your role in modeling and supporting healthy child and family development
  3. Explore practical strategies for improving your listening and communication skills with parents

2. Cooking with Toddlers and Twos

Lisa Laflamme & Kailey Winans, Roosevelt Island Day Nursery

A hands-on workshop focused on cooking activities that toddlers and twos can do and will love. The workshop will include information on how to set up a cooking experience, "recipes" that children can cook and eat, and clean up strategies.

3. The Importance of Reading to Babies Beginning at Birth

Patricia Weiner, Education and Child Life Consultant, Director, Reading to Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): A Parent/Family Centered-Care Approach

This workshop will encourage parents by explaining to them the many pleasures and benefits to reading to their babies beginning at birth for 15 minutes everyday. As D.W. Winnicott (1965), the English pediatrician and psychologist so eloquently stated, "A baby alone does not exist." This workshop will address Bonding, Attachment and Early Brain Development. It will explain that reading to babies builds language development and later successful reading skills. Reading to your newborn is important for the relationship of parents and newborns.

4. Learning to Play and Playing to Learn

Casimir Bemski, Assistant Director, Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center

What can learning look like in an infant/toddler program? How are children learning? What are the opportunities we can provide to facilitate development in all areas? Let’s explore these questions together.

5. Observing and Recording Young Children’s Behavior

Alicia Stoller, Graduate School Faculty Member, Bank Street College of Education

Observation can be a powerful tool for understanding children, designing curriculum and communicating with families. This workshop will focus on guidelines for observing and using those observations in practice.

6. Reducing Stigma and Increasing Support for Opioid-Dependent Women During Prenatal and Postpartum and Providing Developmentally Supportive Care Interventions for Mothers and Their NAS and/or At-Risk Infants

Katherine Eddy, Palliative Care Social Worker & Certified Child Life Specialist, Palliative Care Team, Temple University Hospital

This presentation will review the limited qualitative research and examine the stigma of how healthcare staff may perceive opiod-dependent mothers in caring for their NAS and/or at-risk infants, within a theoretical framework and strenghts-based family-centered approach. An interactive discussion will be presented of how healthcare staff can develop cultural competence and sensitivity supporting and empowering, rather than devaluing these vulnerable mothers, to foster healthy maternal/infant bonds. Developmental Interventions such as Infant Massage will be discussed.

7. Understanding and Supporting Dual Language Development in Infants and Toddlers

Carmen Colon, Graduate School Faculty Member, Bank Street College of Education

During this workshop we will explore key concepts of first and second language acquisition in young children. Together we'll explore strategies for supporting second language development and the role teachers and adults play in helping children during the second language learning process.

8. What is Regulation and Why is it Important?

Gilbert M. Foley, Co-Director, Personnel Preparation Program in Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice, Institute for Parenting, Adelphi University

This workshop addresses three questions: What is regulation and why is it important? What is the typical developmental progression of regulation in the early years? What can parents and teachers do to promote the optimal formation of self-regulation? The aim of this presentation is to translate conceptual and research knowledge into classroom practice and serve as a problem solving forum for challenges presented by participants.

9. Emotionally Responsive Child Care

Noelle Dean and LoriAnn Pommels

Experience how routines, adult:child interactions, and curriculum can be used to create an environment that is emotionally responsive and supports development. Learn about components of an emotionally responsive child care program.

Tuesday Afternoon Panel

Powerful Interactions

Amy Dombro, Judy Jablon, Lucy

Join us for a panel presentation as practitioners share how they use powerful interactions in their work.