Parents & Infants

Parents and Infants Page

Parent & Infant work provides parents with the opportunity to understand their child’s temperament and the inner workings of their baby’s mind at each developmental stage.

Playgroups for children, discussion groups for mothers, and individual therapy provides opportunities for increased pleasure during the 0-3 stage of development.

Play Groups (12-24 month and 24-36 months) provide the opportunity for babies, toddlers and young children to learn to play with developmentally appropriate toys to promote play skills, develop the capacity to symbolize in the play, and develop play schemes, necessary for working through conflicts inherent to their particular stage of development. They learn to parallel play and then to interact socially with parents there to refer back to, young toddlers learn to separate and then re-fuel, and practice the skills necessary for successful adaptation to pre-school.

Mother’s and father’s groups and individual consultation allow parents to express thoughts and feelings about the challenges and rewards of parenthood. Sadness and anxiety and other unresolved issues regarding one’s own childhood and how one was parented, can interfere with attachment and enjoyment of one’s baby. It can be difficult to “read” our baby’s non-verbal cues. Misinterpretation can impact negatively on a parent’s perception of how one’s baby feel about them, and thiscan affect their relationship. Parents can be helped to more accurately interpret their baby’s needs and reflect on how they and their infants affect one another. Education is provided about what one can expect at each stage of development. This can lead to improved confidence as a parent, which will lead to a deeper attachment and a more satisfying relationship.

Discussions include but are not limited to the developing sense of self andself-esteem, sleeping, pacifiers, transitional objects, stranger anxiety, separation, tantrumming, how to say, “No” and what to do when your toddler says, “No,”teaching your child to delay gratification and “wait,” discipline, toilet training, and peer and sibling relationships.