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Challenges for parents: understanding infant communication

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This talk addresses the issues for parents around reading their baby’s signals and cues from birth, which is one of the important components of parental interactive competence. Understanding infant cues has been shown to boost maternal self-confidence and increase maternal sensitivity. Sensitive and contingent interactions between mothers and their infants have been related to better social and cognitive competence and the formation of secure attachment in infants. The Brazelton Centre’s goal is to promote healthy parent-infant relationships through an understanding of newborn behaviour, and it runs courses for both practitioners and researchers in the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and the Newborn Behavioral Observations System (NBO). They are based on the concept that infant behaviour comprises of four organized systems of behaviour producing a profile of the newborn in the first three months of life. These systems along with the self-regularity abilities of newborns will be described, as well as current projects and research studies in the UK using the NBAS .

This talk is part of the Social Psychology Seminar Series (SPSS) series.

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