Building bridges between the worlds of infant disability and infant mental health
How much knowledge do infant disability practitioners have of infant mental health issues? How much do infant mental health practitioners know about disability?
Peter Limbrick writes:
It can seem that there is little overlap between these two worlds and these two groups of practitioners. How much knowledge do infant disability practitioners have of infant mental health issues? How much do infant mental health practitioners know about disability?
My concern is that too many separate practitioners and too many programmes might undermine a vulnerable infant's emotional, social and psychological wellbeing by making too many demands and facing him or her with too many people to relate to. Is it possible that multiple practitioners too early in the infant's life might actually spoil the mother and infant's process of becoming attached to each other?
I would like to hear from people who know what bridges there are already, and those who would like to make more.