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Welcome to WCAIMH!

We are glad you have found us!


WCAIMH meets regularly to share information, resources and connect with each other to promote optimal practices in infant mental health. Here, you can find information for parents and professionals, as well as our monthly events.

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In infancy and early childhood, nurturing family relationships provide the foundation for social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. The resulting positive infant mental health is key to long term relationships and mental health. Early positive relationships can lead to resilience in the face of life’s challenges.


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WCAIMH promotes:

  • The idea that infancy is a sensitive period in development
  • Increased knowledge about development in children from conception to five years of age
  • The dissemination of evidence-based and experience-based knowledge to support parents in healthy caregiving and providing nurturing environments for children
  • The cooperation and collaboration of professionals concerned with promoting optimal development of infants and young children

Upcoming Events

  • WCAIMH Talk: September 19, 2017 – Outcomes of Children Born Very Prematurely: How Can We Help?

    SPEAKER: Dr. Julie Petrie is a Developmental Clinical Consultant in the Psychology Department at BC’s Children’s & Women’s Hospitals. In the Neonatal Follow-up Program, she provides psychological assessment and consultation to families of ‘high-risk’ children recruited at birth from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Julie also participates in research follow-up studies. She is particularly interested in the early detection of markers of brain integrity. In children born very prematurely, she has found infant focused attention is related to developing cognition and executive functions. Julie is also interested in how parent stress and parent-child interactions affect children’s neuro-development.

    TOPIC: > Julie will present an overview of the common cognitive, learning and behavioural outcomes of children born very prematurely. She will provide an overview of the brain mechanisms as well as the behavioral and physical developments that underlie these outcomes. This will be followed by a group discussion about the potential for parent-child factors and early interventions to change the developmental trajectories of these children.

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