Infant support helps society; learn best practices for healthy infant development
Infant care might be your profession, stage of life as a parent, or your passion. Enjoy infants more when you learn how they “think” with their bodymind. Did you know they create identity beliefs prior to cognition? Infants use movement to develop their brain.
Increase your skills of presence and help infants release distress patterns. Use developmental movement to support infant brain and bodymind learning.
- your infant will grow up more likely to be successful in school
- will be resilient
- can adapt and learn with less frustration
- can process stress better
- will be happier and more content
Annie Brook has worked with infants for over 20 years. Her classes fill up with infant care givers and parents eager to learn these skills.
A few excerpts from the book below:
“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully. “Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”“And he has Brain.”“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”There was a long silence.“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.” ? A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
“Brain without body can create a less resilient child, teen, or adult. This book is about the value of movement in the very beginning years. It shows how body experiences influence brain development and the formation of “self.”
The goal is to create skillful parents and care-givers who can help infants. Help an infant settle, explore, and release body overwhelm (even from birth). Help an infant to bond, learn, and grow using the developmental milestones that movement naturally offers.
“Annie presented on ‘Understanding The Effects of Perinatal Trauma’ in Albuquerque for the members of the New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health. The training was fantastic! Annie used both neurological research and experiential activities throughout her training. Her ability to use metaphor to explain complex issues such as the development of a dysregulated infant nervous system was very helpful in expanding our knowledge base to the clients we serve. She also focused on the service providers’ capacities to regulate ourselves in the midst of working with complex and difficult families. As an expecting mother, and a Clinical Infant Mental Health Specialist, I found the information on infant development, working with mothers who have experienced perinatal trauma, and how to support a successful birth process very insightful.” (Courtney Lewis, Director of New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health)
“7 Lessons from Infant Developmental Learning”
My discovery path of developmental learning spans over 35 years. What I learned and wish to share with you are 7 big discoveries:
- Overwhelming events in infancy shape beliefs, impact emotions, and fire the brain.
- Non-integrated crawling impacts emotions and reduces the ability to handle stimulation.
- Infant trauma can lead to internalized shame, and chemicals at birth or in utero impact infant behavior and sense of self.
- Infants create existential identity beliefs based on prenatal, birth, and post-birth experiences.
- Touch and developmental movement can re-pattern the brain, help one integrate early events, and change both inner sensation and behavior.
- Four-year olds can show you every detail of their birth story during play, (confirmed by their mother who was in the treatment room), and that the bodymind, when overwhelmed, creates deep brain states of confusion, dissociation, rage, or panic.
- People heal when they have support to listen to body sensations, access cellular memories that happened prior to thinking, understand the context for their sensation and emotions, and are able to stay in their body and release early shock.”
How this book about infant development got started!
“The impetus to create this book started with a plea to the Body-Mind Centering community from Wendy Sager-Evanson. Wendy is a BMC practitioner who lives in Truth or Consequences, NM. Her community had lost funding for services that support moms and babies, and Wendy was asking for help. My heart responded, and over the course of 4 years, we worked to create interest for a local center. Now we are celebrating. With continued community effort and work, (bravo Wendy!), moms and babies can now go to the WildFlowers Center in Truth or Consequences. In addition, a grassroots project they developed to help new moms sew baby slings was highly successful, and they were invited to present their project in Prague for the International Infant Mental Health Conference. Congratulations to Wendy and her team. A percentage of proceeds from this book are donated to WildFlowers. If you would like to be an annual funder of this grassroots effort to help rural moms, please go to: www.bountifulbabies.org“
This work is based on my inside out discovery of development; years of clinical and professional study following my own healing journey. It’s given me the insight to understand my own beginnings, and the skill set to work with infants. Baby listening is a skill you can learn, I am dedicated to transmitting to others. You can learn it too!
My hope for you in reading this, is that you too, can support your loved ones and those infants that come under your care to integrate early events. I have had amazing discoveries and teachers, and now I am happy to share this effective developmental knowledge and the useful infant touch skills with you. My books and DVD’s can help you to gain the tools you need to truly help infants.”
Advance Order your Book now! Book will ship in February
Gosh, if you can do so, it will help me with my publishing costs. Writing is time consuming, and then there’s all the publishing as well! Thanks for helping infants and educators, and me 🙂