"Understanding Foundations for Comprehensive, Intervention-oriented Infant and Toddler Assessment"

Kyle Pruett MD World Renowned Expert in Infant Mental Health


Zero To Three hosted the IDA-2 live webinar: "Understanding Foundations for Comprehensive, Intervention-oriented Infant and Toddler Assessment" presented by IDA Co-Author, Kyle D. Pruett, MD. The Webinar focused on how the multiple factors affecting a child’s development can be appropriately evaluated and understood in a timely fashion. 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. Dr. Pruett talked about the Infant and Toddler Developmental Assessment (IDA-2) theoretical foundations that acknowledge and embrace the complexity and interdependence of factors that influence the health and development of infants and toddlers. In the process of conducting IDA-2, practitioners call on these concepts and definitions as they apply them to their work with young children and their families. Dr. Pruett emphasized that the IDA-2 newly updated version is one of the first assessment measures to integrate social, emotional, and coping milestones into a comprehensive, family- centered global developmental assessment [originally developed by Sally Provence, MD and colleagues at Yale, it has proven to be one of the most useful and comprehensive tools available to young child practitioners across the country.

Dr. Pruett is past President of the ZERO TO THREE Board of Directors and Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. He is author of over a hundred publications, co-author of the Infant Toddler Developmental Assessment (IDA-2), international lecturer, media consultant and pioneering researcher on developmental impact of positive paternal engagement on young children. Dr. Pruett is an internationally known expert and forensic consultant on child, parental and family development, children’s mental health, creativity, and the effects of media, trauma, and divorce on children. He was recently awarded the Lifetime Teaching Award at the Yale Child Study Center.

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