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30th Infancy Institute — June 20, 21, 22, 2017
Infants, Toddlers, Families and Ourselves: Reflecting and Responding

Institute Highlights


Dr. Linda Gilkerson

Looking Inward: Looking Outward
Power of Attunement in Relationships

Attunement in relationships creates the feeling of being connected and understood and opens the space where growth can occur.  Attunement requires an awareness of self and others. This plenary explores the use of the FAN (Facilitating Attuned Interactions) framework to build our capacity to be present in relationships and strengthen partnerships with families and colleagues in support of the development of infants and toddlers.

Linda Gilkerson, Ph.D.
Professor, Erikson Institute
Executive Director, Fussy Baby Network

Professor Linda Gilkerson is director of the Irving B. Harris Infant Studies Program. Her area of specialization is early intervention and her research addresses the needs of infants and families in a range of settings including neonatal intensive care units, Early Head Start, childcare and early intervention. She also directs the Fussy Baby Network, Erikson’s first clinical initiative. A board member of Zero to Three, she also chairs their Infant Mental Health Task Force.

Featured Presentation

The Power of Early Relationships

Dr. Lesley Koplow, Director of Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College

Infants and toddlers who are cared for within attuned caregiving relationships have an inner resource that promotes resilience as they grow. Teachers and caregivers become an important part of the circle of attachment that surrounds children who are well cared for, and a protective factor in the lives of children who live with early adversity. The power of early relationships lasts a lifetime.