Baby TALK Newborn Encounter Program
The Baby TALK Newborn Encounter program is a national model for supporting families with training, consultation, curriculum and parenting materials to promote early engagement and discovery. The mission of the program is to positively impact child development and nurture healthy parent-child relationships during the critical early years.
LCMH volunteers visit new moms during their stay at LCMH and spend time observing the new family interact. Our trained volunteers assess and provide families with the educational training resources to engage parents in a healthy encounter. Important training techniques are then passed on to the new family to promote building a relationship from day one (birth).
Tracking is one of the techniques shared during the Baby TALK encounter program. Tracking promotes the baby's sensory brain usage. Tracking helps stimulate the brain's sensory experiences (hearing, seeing, touching, feeling, tasting). Our volunteers teach parents how infants can track a rattle or a red ball with their eyes. Infants can also hug your fingers if placed on the palm of their hand or even foot. These are important experiences for an infant, as a lack of sensory experiences results in brain cells failing to make connections and eventually dying off. If a baby lies in a crib all day, he/she is experiencing a limited number of sensations. The baby will not have many new experiences through which he/she can establish new brain connections. The connections must be made during infancy.
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