Normal development of an infant’s “sense-of-self,” and “sense-of-other,” depends in part on an optimally engaged and functional sensory system. Early exposure to trauma — extremely fearful events — and high levels of stress affect the developing brain, particularly in those areas involved with emotions and learning. The amygdala and the hippocampus are two brain structures involved in fear and traumatic stress. These two structures in concert with the insula cortex comprise the neural circuitry for neuroception, the mechanism by which we distinguish whether situations or people are safe, dangerous, or life threatening. This webinar will introduce the learner to the neuroscience underpinning the affective capabilities and vulnerabilities of the hospitalized infant and describe how translation of this information into clinical practice can transform the developmental potential of the hospitalized infant.
Mary Coughlin MS, NNP, RNC-E