Presentation Information

Kim Barthel

Trauma-Sensitive Care in the Early Years

  • Speaker: Kim Barthel , OTR
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
Abstract:

This session invites early childhood professionals to learn more about the science of infant development, particularly the impact that early trauma and stress can have on the brain, behaviour, learning and relationships throughout the lifespan. Attachment, attunement, co-regulation, sensory processing and creating optimal interpersonal relationships between infants and caregivers are highlighted. While an infant may inherit challenges trans-generationally, from developmental disability, from an early life event or a chaotic home, how their closest caregivers interact with them has direct and significant impact on their well-being both mentally and physically. Enhancing trauma-sensitive caregiving in the earliest years is critical as a foundation for children to become their best selves.