KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Get Kids & Families Ready for School. It’s All About Relationships!

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 @ 02:00 PM

Years ago, we used to hold preschool teachers responsible for preparing children for school. Today, we realize that early learning begins at home with babies and their families. Yet, many families of young children need information and support to nurture their children's learning and to navigate the early years of their children's development. The most effective early childhood programs are built around a commitment to family-staff partnerships that focus on both the child and the parent. With the proliferation of Birth to 5 programs, collaborative teams of families and practitioners typically partner to ensure that children are ready for school. A specialized team that includes therapists and/or infant/family mental health specialists is often needed for children at high risk for developmental delays or with disabilities who may need extra support.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parent-child relationship, school readiness, early intervention, engagement-parent, family, community, family support-partnership-services, Getting Ready model, children with disabilities

Parents and Practitioners: Need Resources for Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 02:01 PM

Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources 

Offered by Linda K. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development

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Tags: autism, early intervention, family support-partnership-services

Infant Mental Health Awareness - Conference UK June 2016

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 @ 06:56 PM

Guest Blog by

Robin Balbernie, Clinical Director

Parent Infant Partnership UK

We are launching the UK's first Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 6-10 June which sees over 100 Royal Colleges and organisations signed up for a national calendar of events to impact upon local communities and increase life chances for babies and their relationships. As part of this week there will be a week-long exhibition in Parliament bringing artists and scientists together to showcase the evidence behind investing early into human potential. For the first time in the UK there will be Infant Mental Health Awards which seek to raise the profile and understanding of the importance of the first 1001 days of a child’s life: conception to age 2

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting quality, home visiting, early intervention, infant mental health

Autism: Early Identification and How Assessing Parenting Can Help

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 07:56 PM

April is National Autism Awareness Month

So let’s discuss some exciting research on autism spectrum disorders for families and practitioners.  Autism is currently the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States. What sort of disorders are we talking about? The Autism and Developmental Disorders Monitoring Network (ADDMN) describes them as follows:

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, autism, early intervention, special needs