9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
Helping Babies to Soothe and Promoting Good Infant Mental Health
This session will explore the extensive work of the late Dr Katherine Barnard, a pioneering nurse who made significant contributions to infant welfare across the world. This session reviews her landmark work, the role of the Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training (NCAST). and its materials, especially infant states, that can help parents learn to understand their baby. It includes:
- What have we learned from Dr Barnard’s work?
- What do heartbeats and rocking have to do with soothing crying babies?
- How can this information be shared with parents and carers?
- What can we learn from mothers from different cultures to soothe babies?
How do we respond to a crying infant? This session will discuss how a mother's behaviour affects infant crying. Explore:
- What are the factors that influence maternal responsiveness?
- What is the role of maternal self-concept in maternal responsiveness?
- What is parental reflective functioning?
10:30am - Morning Tea
Attachment and the Importance of a Secure Base
It is well known that the quality of an infant’s attachment profoundly influences their long-term development. Crying can affect parental bonding and vice versa. This session includes:
- How useful are theories about attachment and separation in today’s world?
- How can you iIdentify the early signs of failure-to-attach caused by crying babies and what strategies can you use to divert this situation?
- What about separation anxiety and the clingy infant?
Strategies for Families
Putting babies to sleep can be a battle, so it helps to have a battle plan. The next session will discuss strategies to help put babies to sleep. Includes:
- Helping caregivers recognise their feelings
- Settling strategies
- Important points to remember
12:30pm - Lunch and Networking
Social and Emotional Wellness and Challenging Behaviour
Working with older babies and young toddlers we face the challenge of trying to understand and describe the relationship between behavior and communication. It includes:
- How do we identify acting out and social withdrawing behaviors exhibited by infants and toddlers?
- What family circumstances, including maternal depression, can have an impact on the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers?
- Can we identify ways in which parents can use reflection to address their child’s needs?
Managing Separation Anxiety and the Clingy Baby
Separation anxiety is normal emotional development. However, occasionally it can become problematic. Some babies persist in needing more and more comfort and seem insatiable for attention, which can have profound unwanted consequences. This session will explore:
- What can parents do when clinging behaviour persists beyond reasonable developmental stages?
- Will babies always grow out of this behaviour?
- How can you assist parents who do not wish to follow well-meaning advice?
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
Developing a Plan for Educating Mothers
The expectations of childbirth and child rearing are seldom based in reality. Education can be viewed as an early intervention strategy that could divert the risks associated with unsettled babies before they occur. This practical session aims to develop a plan for nurses, midwives and parents to raise awareness of unsettled babies and the best way to manage this situation.
4:15pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations