What are childhood Touchpoints?

Joshua Sparrow, MD Child Psychiatrist & Author, explains for parents what childhood Touchpoints are and shares advice on what to do when their child experiences one
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What are childhood Touchpoints?

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A touch point is a time in the child's development when right before an exciting new step the child falls apart and seems to be sliding backwards. And when a child falls apart, guess who else falls apart? The parents, the whole family and everybody who cares about the child. So the kinds of falling apart that you see in a young child wold be more crying, more clinging, more wanting physical attention and sometimes you see a temporary disturbance in sleep, or in feeding or in behavior. And this only should last a couple of weeks. And when they are over, parents and the child are rewarded by a brand new step in development.

Joshua Sparrow, MD Child Psychiatrist & Author, explains for parents what childhood Touchpoints are and shares advice on what to do when their child experiences one

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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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