A reader passed through the pages of this blog last week using these search terms to get here: NEW MOTHER VERBALLY ABUSING INFANT. According to recent statistics, 1 in 50 infants suffers from nonfatal abuse. Even in reports from 2005 – 2006 our nation had almost a million children experiencing malevolent interactions with their caregivers that reached the attention of child protection services. We are not talking about a problem to sneeze at!!
TAKE INFANT VERBAL ABUSE EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY! These links below explore some of the permanent consequences of verbal abuse to tiny, growing and developing people! In my opinion there is very little RIGHT in the life of an infant who is being verbally abused – and physical abuse is simply the other ‘hand’ of the problem:
IMPORTANT from the American Humane Association: LINK ON INFANT-CHILD EMOTIONAL ABUSE
“Defining infant mental health as the ability to develop physically, cognitively, and socially in a manner which allows them to master the primary emotional tasks of early childhood without serious disruption caused by harmful life events. Because infants grow in a context of nurturing environments, infant mental health involves the psychological balance of the infant-family system.”WAIMH Handbook of Infant Mental Health, vol 1, p.25
“The mission of the Center on Infant Mental Health and Development (CIMHD) is to promote interdisciplinary research, education and practice and advance policy related to the social and emotional development of all children during the first five years. This work is framed within a universal awareness of the importance of these early years and is aimed at supporting relationships between caregivers and young children.”
Who We Are
Every child has the right to the early nurturing relationships that are the foundation for life-long healthy development.
The Center on Infant Mental Health and Development promotes interdisciplinary research, education and practice and advances policy related to the social and emotional development of all children during the first five years.
- To advance knowledge about infant mental health and the centrality of early relationships to the healthy development of young children.
- To promote collaborative university-community partnerships for infant mental health education and training, advocacy, and clinical research;
- To offer educational opportunities in infant mental health at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
- To promote the mental and emotional health of young children and their families through effective preventive approaches to children’s emotional, social and behavioral problems;
- To conduct longitudinal and clinical research to increase our understanding of the development of vulnerable children, and effective community and family intervention efforts on their behalf;
- To devote special attention through research, education and services to improve the social and emotional health of vulnerable children who already exhibit developmental delays, and those whose families experience risk factors such as domestic violence, extreme poverty, homelessness, absence of social supports, substance abuse or mental illness.
ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
Our mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.
All kinds of helpful links will appear if you do a Google search for the terms: INFANT VERBAL ABUSE
Even more with a Google search for the terms: INFANT ABUSE
The most important information you can arm yourself with – either as an infant caregiver committing or at risk for committing verbal and physical abuse of an infant – or as a person concerned about the well-being of an infant not your own, please begin to inform yourself further by following links that come up with a Google search on these terms: INFANT ABUSE BRAIN DEVELOPMENT as well as with INFANT ABUSE ATTACHMENT