CT-AIMH is a member of the Infant Mental Health Alliance with Infant Mental Health Associations in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Western Australia.
With new information continually emerging about the complexity of the developing child, it is important that professionals working with infants and young children have a common grounding and understanding of the theoretical and clinical focus that guides developmental assessment.
In almost every early care and education (ECE) program across the country, there are children who have experienced trauma or who will, during their early childhood, experience traumatic events. Trauma in early childhood takes many forms, including abuse or neglect, witnessing violence, and having prolonged separation from or loss of a parent. An extensive body of research has documented the negative impacts of trauma on young children’s behavior, learning, and other long-term school- and health-related outcomes.
The new Infant-Toddler Developmental Assessment–Second Edition (IDA-2) is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, family-centered assessment to identify children birth to 3 years of age who are developmentally at risk.
To be clear, what’s needed is not just education but also help for families beginning in pregnancy, to reduce the risk that children will be born with addictions and to increase the prospect that they will be raised with lots of play and conversation. (By age 4, a child of professionals has heard 30 million more words than a child on welfare.)
States with Help Me Grow networks are considering implementation of MLDA (including the IDA) as a key component of child and family services. States already implementing MLDA are Washington, Florida, Connecticut...
We welcome the opportunities to talk with leaders and staff about the required Outcomes reporting in Part C/IDEA and Early Head Start and remind IDA users that the IDA Meets all federal requirements...
The promise of positive early experience as of way of increasing the appetite for peace within communities that become devoted to the well-being of their young children through rather simple interventions with mothers, but most particularly with fathers.
12-16 percent of children below age three in the United States have a developmental delay in at least one area including behavioral health. A strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America.