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Early Intervention

Healthy Interactions: Critical Factors for Early Child Development

Overview

The job of the infant and toddler is to move, touch and connect with other humans. Restrained by bucket seats, infants aged 0-2 years old watch an average 2.2 hours per day of TV, and 25% have TV’s in their bedrooms. Toddlers age 3-5 years use 4.5 hours per day of combined technology. This technology overuse is resulting in delays in achieving developmental milestones needed for school entry. Low postural tone and poor coordination from increased use of plastic bucket seats and strollers is concerning therapists throughout North America. Eventual school categorization of these children as learning disabled or developmentally delayed, often with accompanying behavior disorders is eminent, resulting in difficulty achieving even the basics of literacy. Recognizing the need for critical developmental elements of movement, touch and human connection is crucial in this day and age of technology obsession.

Goal

Healthy Interactions raises awareness regarding the critical factors for healthy early child development of movement, touch and connection, and offers parents, teachers and therapists’ practical strategies to enhance infant, toddler and early child development.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze current research on technology’s impact on early child development, and differentiate popular toddler mental diagnoses from TV and videogame addictions.
  • Identify critical factors for meeting developmental milestones, and for achieving foundation skills for school entry.
  • Rank individual performance levels, and determine intervention strategies for pre-schools and parents.
  • Apply initiatives and techniques to improve infant, toddler and child sensory and motor development.

Handouts

Foundation Scale for Infant, Toddler and Pre-School
Early Development Directive

Who should attend?

Parents, teachers, administrators, special education staff, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, counsellors, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and child care providers. Foundation Series Workshops are designed to be introductory level for therapists, intermediate for teachers and advanced for parents, child care workers and teaching assistants.

Evidence based – Research referenced – Strategy focused

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