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Building parents’ understanding of play to nurture infant and toddler mental health
Play can be a powerful tool in supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of infants and toddlers. This webinar will explore how clinicians can utilise play interventions with parents, infants and toddlers to promote connection, communication and overall mental health. 
Learning Outcomes
  • Explore the significance of play for infant and toddler mental health.
  • Outline how play interventions can be applied across the infant mental health spectrum.
  • Discuss parent and child vulnerabilities that impact on child’s experience of play.
  • Identify multidisciplinary perspectives for supporting parents to play with their children to nurture secure relationships, build infant and toddlers communication skills, and promote social and emotional development.

Panel List

  • Dr. Rickie Elliot (NSW - Clinical Psychologist)
  • Lauren Haskins (NSW - Speech pathologist)
  • Laura (NSW - Child and family partner)
Facilitator: Vicki Mansfield (NSW - Practice Development Officer)


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