Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Experience Overview

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is “the developing capacity of the infant and toddler to form close and secure relationships; experience, regulate, and express emotions; and explore the environment and learn all in the context of family, community, and cultural expectations for young children (Zero to Three Infant Mental Health Task Force).” As babies with hearing loss are identified earlier and enroll in  quality LSL early intervention, it is crucial that LSL professionals are able to promote healthy relationships and attachments between caregiver and child. A child does not learn language alone, and their bond with a caregiver is an integral foundation for optimizing a child’s listening and spoken language outcomes. This interactive presentation will provide an overview of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, how it fits into LSL early intervention and highlight the results of a pilot program. 

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Experience Details

Dates

Tuesdays May 7th, 14th, 21st from 6-7:30 PM ET

Learning Credits

4.5

Learning Level

Aspiring (Basic)

Experience Facilitator

Tamara Elder M.S. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Tamara Elder is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (Cert AVT) with Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is the Director of Clinical Care at Hearts for Hearing and coordinates a multidisciplinary team of audiologists, speech-language pathologists and otologists. Tamara has been with Hearts for Hearing since 2001 and has obtained additional certification in Listening and Spoken Language. She provides family centered auditory-verbal therapy services for infants, toddlers and children with hearing loss. Tamara participated in a yearlong Leadership Development Program with the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2016 and continues to make contributions in this area. Tamara has previously served two terms as Secretary for the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is currently president-elect.

Experience Facilitator

Erin Roberts LCSW, IMH-E (III)

Erin Roberts is a Clinical Social Worker with specialty training and expertise in Infant Mental Health, attachment and trauma. Erin is endorsed by the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health as an Infant Mental Health Specialist. She is a rostered Child Parent Psychotherapy Clinician with additional training as a Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator and EMDR. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her master’s degree in Social Work and has spent 14 years working with individuals and families who have experienced complex trauma as well as providing clinical and administrative supervision of mental health counselors in this field. Erin's clinical experience has focused on providing family and individual therapy to children and adults to understand how previous life events are impacting current relationships and attachments. Erin has provided reflective consultation to service providers who are working with very young children and their families and has provided national training on Infant Mental Health and developing reflective capacity within a clinical practice.

Experience Facilitator

Darcy Stowe M.S. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Darcy L. Stowe is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (Cert AVT) at Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with 15 years of experience in working with children with hearing loss and their families. For many years, she served as the Director of Training and Support Services as well as the Director of Tuition-Based Services at Hearts for Hearing. Currently, she is the Director of Listening and Spoken Language Specialists at Hearts for Hearing where she oversees the clinical work of a team of dedicated Speech-Language Pathologists who are Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS) or are pursuing certification as a LSLS.

Learning Structure

For each of our online Learning Experiences, learners gather in a private group space to access the course content. Courses include resources, such as videos, articles, handouts, and quizzes, to help learners comprehend, apply, practice, and reflect on the content of each session. Courses with live interactive sessions are held on Adobe Connect, our virtual classroom, with the course facilitator.

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Learning Objectives

  • Define and give three examples of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
  • Define the role of an Infant Mental Health Specialist in family-centered care.
  • Identify one goal to implement in their professional practice to support vulnerable families.

CEUs and Participating

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are offered for this learning experience. Although there’s no cost to you as a participant to register for this course or CEU credits, your full commitment to participate and engage in the learning is considered your contribution. Learn More

4.5

AG Bell

0.45

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Hearing First is approved by the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 4.5 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language®.

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Hearing First is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 0.45 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

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