Babies’ emotions and communication: The role of healthy touch
This 2-hour webinar is for early childhood teachers, educators and other community support workers. Parents and foster parents of a new baby or young child may also find this useful in supporting their relationships with children.
Wednesday, 14th February, 10am (online webinar)
* How healthy touch contributes to infant affect regulation, social and mental health development.
* What is “healthy” touch?
* Healthy touch in babies’ emotional communication, play and joint attention, self-image and language development.
* Barriers to healthy touch, and touch-related communication problems.
* Strategies for promoting consent and infant-led touch.
* Touch-related trauma and hypersensitivty – trauma-sensitive strategies for promoting and using healthy and respectful touch with babies in every-day community and care settings.
About the Presenter
Alice Campbell is an early childhood development specialist, with a 25-year background blending health care and early childhood education.
Alice wrote the first Australian Nationally Accredited curriculum and government-recognised competency standards in cue-based infant massage and touch education. Her work in designing programs to support healthy touch communication with babies has been recognised in numerous national child protection and violence prevention awards, and is used in hundreds of hospitals, community centres and early childhood settings across Australia.
Alice is a well-known trainer in the ACT health and community sector, with a reputation for her immersive and engaging presentation style that emphasises the linking of research to the realities of working with young children and their families.
She supports staff, leaders and organisations seeking to improve social, mental health and education outcomes for babies and very little children in their services. Alice uses programming, projects, training and mentoring to support teams and leaders to use, extend and embed relationship-focussed practices leading to improved learning, development and social well-being in infancy and early childhood.
Alice has worked with, consulted to, and trained staff from a wide variety of service-delivery organisations, programs and projects. These have included UNICEF; NSW and Tasmanian Deptartments of Education (Early Childhood); HIPPY; Lady Gowrie; Relationships Australia; Barnardos; and numerous hospital and public health services, among others. Her roles have spanned research, evaluation, program design, project management, service delivery, supervision and mentoring, vocational training and professional development, policy development and audit contexts.
Alice’s work in supporting organisations to support children’s early relationships, learning, safety and well-being has been recognised across numerous state-level and national awards.
In addition, Alice is currently undertaking postgraduate research at Deakin University, examining the meaning of infant and toddler cues and behaviour in early childhood setting, and how educator mentalisations might impact on responsiveness in the educator-child dyad with implications for long-term outcomes. Alice also has special interests in integrated (teaching) programming, and the application of trauma-informed principles in practice.
Early Bird Registrations for this webinar session close on 5 Feb 2019
Your registration fee includes:
- 2 hour webinar with one of Australia’s leading practitioner experts on touch in infant communication and development
- A certificate of completion