Here is a great find: http://journal.naeyc.org/btj/200607/Gillespie709BTJ.pdf
After years of working in pediatric feeding and communication, I have seen many babies and toddlers struggling with adequate self-regulation skills. Babies who are most at risk are those who did not get the opportunities to suck or feed successfully for whatever the underlying causes, and they often also experienced extensive NICU stays in their early days. These children can be tough to calm, struggle to attend and engage with others long enough to make meaningful learning and connection. This wonderful article I came across online begins with the feeding process and points out the intricate link and interplay of a child’s self-regulation development to care-giver’s responses. Certainly a great resource for parents.
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