Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Suzi Tortora, EdD, ADTR, CMA
The Mind-Body Connection in the World of the Young Child:
From Development to Intervention
About the Conference
Development and experience are rooted in the body, shaping how we feel, think, move, and communicate. In this conference, we will explore how these phenomena occur and the implications of these mind-body connections for both young children and their caregivers. The keynote presentation will introduce an integrative approach for infant development and health. Conference attendees will be able to select from a rich array of breakout sessions in which presenters will help lead the way to further understanding of mind-body connections across developmental areas for infants and caregivers alike. The wide variety of topics will include: touch, movement, play, preverbal language development, feeding, sleep, maternal depression, abuse and neglect, and peer interactions. Ways of applying this knowledge to work with young children and families will be highlighted in discussion of approaches such as dance movement psychotherapy, nonverbal parent-infant video analysis, yoga, Feldenkrais body work, infant massage, childbirth, and classroom observations and interventions. This conference wi l l provide a rich experience for practitioners at all levels of experience and across many different fields of work with young children and their families.