Eight-Week Touchpoint: Communicating with parents

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Eight-Week Touchpoint: Communicating with parents

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When a baby is about 6-8 weeks old, and sometimes a little bit older, something really exciting happens that parents recognize. And that is that the baby seems to really be coming together as a person. AT this age, baby's aren't just following the parents' cues. They're sometimes actually leading the parent and starting conversations. The way they crinkle their eyes. The way they coo, reach out, learn forward, tilt their head. They draw their parents into a conversation. And they can sustain this conversation for a little while, responding to parents' responses, sometimes taking breaks when they get a little bit overloaded, and then coming back when they're ready to draw the parent in. And it's so rewarding for parents to have the sense of discovering that there really is this little person here so soon, already.

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Joshua Sparrow, MD

Child Psychiatrist & Author brazeltontouchpoints.org

A child psychiatrist, Dr. Sparrow’s care in the 1990s for children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances, often associated with physical and sexual abuse, and for developmental delays aggravated by social and economic deprivation, prompted his interest in community-based prevention and health promotion. At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, his work focuses on cultural adaptations of family support programs, organizational professional development, and aligning systems of care with community strengths and priorities, and has included collaborative consultation with the Harlem Children's Zone and American Indian Early Head Start Programs, among many others. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on related topics and has consulted on media programming for children and parents, including PBS’s Frontlines and Discovery Kids. Co-author with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton of 8 books and the weekly New York Times Syndicated column, “Families Today,” Dr. Sparrow has also served as a contributing editor to Scholastic Services’ Parent and Child magazine. In 2006, he revised with Dr. Brazelton Touchpoints: Birth to Three, 2nd Edition and in 2010, co-edited Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. B. Brazelton, a textbook on the ongoing generativeness of Brazelton’s seminal research in a wide range of fields. Dr. Sparrow has authored numerous other scholarly works, teaches and lectures nationally and internationally, and is frequently called upon for his expertise by national and international media. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sparrow worked for several years as a preschool teacher and journalist in New York City.

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