What is Infant Mental Health?
From ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families: “Infant mental health” is defined as the healthy social and emotional development of a child from birth to 3 years; and a growing field of research and practice devoted to the:
- Promotion of healthy social and emotional development;
- Prevention of mental health problems; and
- Treatment of the mental health problems of very young children in the context of their families.*
* This definition of Infant Mental Health was developed by ZERO TO THREE’s Infant Mental Health Task Force.
Pinwheels DTS has been involved in Pennsylvania’s Infant Mental Health movement since 2008 and continues to support and promote IMH concepts with our interventionists, employees and clients. Pinwheels is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health and the World Association for Infant Mental Health.
Currently, Kate Singles hosts an ongoing Infant Mental Health practitioner’s group through Jefferson University’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC) training for the Early Interventionists of Philadelphia County. If you are an interventionists or therapist who is interested in learning more about Infant Mental Health practice please contact Kate Singles at 484-437-7088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.