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The Secret Ingredient For Improving Infant/Child Mental Health:Teaching Parents To Play, Geraldine Healy Marini Jan 2016

The Secret Ingredient For Improving Infant/Child Mental Health:Teaching Parents To Play, Geraldine Healy Marini

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Disorders in mental health are the highest of all disorders and results in the most common form of disability. Since 2011, mental health disorders have increased at alarming rates. It is estimated that 9.5 to 14.2% of children between the ages of 0 to 5 years have and emotional or behavioral problem. The mental health of parents or caregivers can affect and impact the development of young children (Nelson & Mann, 2011, Zero to Three, 2004).

The over arching goal of this research is to explore issues of mental health within parent-child interactions. Coaching parents during the co-occupation of play improves infant child mental health in addition to developing capacity for ongoing development in occupational performance.

This is a mixed methods approach using a descriptive program design measuring changes in the following 1) parents attachment behaviors; 2) child’s occupational performance and 3) core competencies of social emotional development

Positive results were identified in all outcomes when intervention focused on parent engagement fostering social emotional ...