Working Papers

              Introduction: One of the most challenging realities for children on the autism spectrum and their parents is the difficulty the children face with the development of communication, language, and speech. Each child’s profile…

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  Applying Theory and Research to Recognize and Treat Early Signs of Autism  What infant interaction research can tell us about early signs of Autism The emerging research on Autism, infant development and infant – parent interaction provide direction regarding where…

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Interactional Synchrony as the lens for seeing Early Signs of Autism When parents feel perplexed by their baby, professionals need to pay attention.  An infant who looks healthy but fails to elicit or respond to a warm connection with primary…

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            SECTION 2: THE SECOND HALF OF THE FIRST YEAR OF LIFE       6 – 9 MONTHS  The infant (Now named Nathan) we have come to know by six months of age will undergo…

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The tie between a baby and his caregiver is universally considered a unique and arguably the most intimate of all human relationships. While this special contact certainly feels wondrous, and at times indefinable, attachment is actually woven together through countless…

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      KIDSATTUNED July 2013 Written by  Barbara Kalmanson, PhD Implementation of principles of infant mental health across disciplines As well received as these principles are in early intervention, many providers struggle with how to implement them in their daily practices…

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  KIDSATTUNED June 2013 Written by  Barbara Kalmanson, PhD Principles of Infant Mental Health for all disciplines Although the field of Infant Mental Health has been around for many years now, the ideas and methods of intervention are still new…

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KIDSATTUNED June 2013 Written by  Barbara Kalmanson, PhD How do we arrive at our hypotheses about the needs of the family and the baby? Every domain of development is our concern.  Relying too heavily on information from one area underestimates…

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    KIDSATTUNED May 2013 Written by  Barbara Kalmanson, PhD   The infant –family field is a complex container for the many interwoven components that create the fabric of family life and child development.  For professionals, the components we attend…

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Posted in Online.WSJ May 3, 2013, 8:02 a.m. ET online.WSJ.COM By SHIRLEY S. WANG SAN SEBASTIÁN, Spain—Researchers at an international conference on autism on Friday presented three new studies lending strength to the notion that environmental influences before birth may play a…

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Babies and young children thrive when they are cared for by adults that are “crazy about them!” (Bronfenbrenner, 1976 1). Responsive relationships with consistent primary caregivers help build positive attachments that support healthy social-emotional development. These relationships form the foundation…

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 Sara Chapman, MA Educational and DIR®/Floortime Consultant. .   . Parents of children with special needs are often looking for extracurricular activities to participate in with their child outside of routine activities, such as home, school, and therapy. The following…

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