Did you know that infant brain development is not only very important it can also be very, very interesting!
If you are pregnant for the first time and are wondering what to do with while waiting for the birth, why not use your time wisely and learn about how your relationship with your new born infant will influence the way that their brain actually develops? Here are a five reasons that this will be time well-invested!
1. Your baby's brain will not be fully developed when he or she is born - there are really important things that your baby will only learn to do well if you provide the right sorts of opportunities. In fact the well-being of your baby across their whole life will be influenced by what happens in these important early infant years of life.
2. Becoming a parent is one of the most challenging role changes ever. The greater your understanding of infant brain development, the more you can enjoy the early years of their life because you are more likely to understand what you are seeing - you will understand why your child is behaving in certain ways.
3. There is lots of evidence that if a child is having difficulties it is best to get help as early as possible. If you understand about infant brain development and how it is affected by your relationship with your child, you will be more confident about knowing what to do to get your baby off to a good start and also about when to ask for help and more confident about knowing what actions you can take that will help.
4. If you really understand what your child is needing for you and why, it is easier to plan your time and approach in order to be helpful to your child. A lot of difficulties can arise when a baby does not get what is needed in their relationship with parents at the right times.
5. There is a very close relationship between adult well-being and child well-being. The good news about this is that anything you can do to improve your own confidence as a parent will help your child become more confident. Learning about what these links earlier rather than later can pay life long benefits.
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Did you know that I Matter Training can be used to help you meets the new requirements set out in the draft SEN Code of Practice, and though budgets are tight, this could be a cost effective way of investing your pupil premiums?
Key messages for schools embedded in the new code are for joined up planning and for the understanding that knowledge of SEN should not just be limited to a small cohort of specialists. Another key change places a much greater emphasis on meeting the underlying needs of young people rather than just on managing behaviour.
An implication for schools is that high quality professional development and training is now best needed for every member of their workforce, rather than just the SEN team, so that all staff have the knowledge, skills and understanding to work sensitively and developmentally with more complex pupils and their parents. Complex pupils include those with social emotional challenges, arising from such things as early neglect or trauma (eg linked with adoption and fostering) from developmental delay or linked with diagnosed condition such as ASD or ADHD or Attachment Difficulties. A very high percentage of these children will display challenging behaviours and poor learning outcomes when their needs are not adequately met.
A key conclusion of the Sutton Trust work on raising outcomes suggested that contrary to popular opinion, more adults in the classroom are not closely linked to outcomes unless the adults have the right understanding and training. They identified that training in meta-cognition - and selfregulation had particularly powerful impact
I think that this new guidance is quite important and exciting but having read through the draft SEN document and training that is being made available to support it, what strikes me most is that the knowlege being offered is often very poorly integrated.
I Matter Online Training can help you with the new SEN requirement by enabling professionals. to access relevant training about self-regulation and child development and the role of parents, in a cost-effective and highly flexible fashion- It also supports you in providing training to receptive parents.
The training provides
* a really practical back to basics integrated framework with which to understand a wide range of complex difficulties.
* a flexible, cost-effective way of engaging staff with a wide range of experience
* a framework that is relevant for all children but particularly the most vulnerable
* a framework that emphasises adult well-being and supports adults in prioritising their own stress management this as a key part of their role.
Most importantly investing in in-house confidence will give you an increased capacity to address the needs of children who may otherwise failed to progress or been excluded.
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Clinical Psychologist, Teacher and Parent
Dr Cathy Betoin
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