Connecting Language and Mental Health in the Early Years

Written by admin, April 9, 2014

April  9, 2014

Fri., May 9, 2014 8:00– 3:30
Registration and coffee 8:00 – 8:30
Calvary Pentecostal Church 1421 Lansdowne St W., Peterborough

(no food and drink in the auditorium)
$65 professional (early bird)
$35 parent/student

Dr. Chaya Kulkarni is Director of Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP), a professional coalition dedicated to promoting optimal mental health outcomes or infants, based out of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr Kulkarni will discuss the importance of building strong, positive parent-child attachment relationships and increasing parent skills in promoting early communication and pre-literacy development in infants and young children. Additionally, this workshop will explore the profound impact of the early caregiver-infant/child relationship on the child’s development.We will look at current research linking healthy parent-child attachment, early communication and self-regulation skills. Strategies for building a foundation of positive mental health to support communication development in the early years will be provided.

Course Objectives / Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of how mental health begins from preconception and continues on into a child’s first few years of life, and beyond.
  • Gain insight into what happens when mental health is compromised by factors such as trauma in the early years.
  • Recognize the impact early mental health has on later language development
  • Gain an understanding of the early pre-verbal groundwork for future communication, language, learning and mental health
  • Learn to use observations to link the caregiver relationship to speech and language, and leverage these relationships to support speech and language development from infancy and beyond

Click here for event poster and registration form.