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Issue Brief – Why Becoming a Good Parent Begins in Infancy: How Relationship Skills Are Developed throughout the Life Course

By Edward L. Schor

Abstract   Learning social skills is a cumulative, lifelong task, the consequences of which can influence subsequent generations. These skills, built on temperamental differences observable early in infancy, are manifest in all stages of life, and they can be taught and reinforced at all ages and in numerous social settings. Social skill acquisition is profoundly important in attaining personal satisfaction in relationships and achieving success in many spheres of life, including parenting.   Learning effective social skills is strongly influenced by the circumstances in which social development occurs. Professionals, who are uniquely positioned to observe and help shape relationship skills, have a special responsibility to be aware of those educational …

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The occupational (im)possibilities in a segregated neighborhood: A matter of justice in life course health development

By Jyothi Gupta

This webinar – the sixth in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Jyothi Gupta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA.   Dr. Gupta is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University. Her research interests are identifying contextual barriers to full participation of marginalized groups and identifying strategies to maximize participation. The common themes in Dr. Gupta’s research are the influence of participation on health and well being of diverse groups, and issues of social injustice that impact participation. She has engaged in community-based participatory research with refugees and immigrants, and …

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From Early Adversity to Permanency: Implications for Occupational and Life Course Health Development

By Amy Lynch

This webinar – the fifth in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Amy Lynch, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES.   Dr. Lynch is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health in the Occupational Therapy Department at Temple University, and the Clinic Coordinator of the International Adoption Health Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She completed her MS in Occupational Therapy at Tufts University, and her PhD at University of Delaware with a focus on Infant Development. Dr. Lynch has clinical expertise in children who have experienced neglect, abuse, and institutionalization, children with …

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Risk and Resilience in Children Who Experience Homelessness: The Supportive Nature of Family Occupation for Life Course Health Development

By Debra Rybski

This webinar – the fourth in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Debra A. Rybski, PhD, MSHCA, OTRL.   Dr. Rybski is Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Saint Louis University. Dr. Rybski’s clinical background in occupational therapy and maternal and child health has guided her work with children and families who experience poverty and homelessness. Her work in community developmental surveillance and screening has examined young children’s self-regulation/social skills critical for child social participation and learning in relation to sensory processing, mother sense of competence and …

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The Impact of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on Early Family Experiences

By Tracy Jirikowic

This webinar – the third in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Tracy Jirikowic, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA.   Dr. Jirikowic is an occupational therapist and Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington. Her research interests broadly include factors that affect the occupational performance and participation of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities, with an emphasis on children with or at-risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Dr. Jirikowic’s research activities include the examination of biobehavioral regulatory processes in infants and children with prenatal alcohol exposure, sensory-motor developmental processes …

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Understanding Infant and Parent Occupation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

By Ashlea Cardin

This webinar – the second in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Ashlea D. Cardin, OTD, OTR/L, BCP.   Dr. Cardin is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Missouri State University, and a neonatal occupational therapist for Mercy Kids Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Occupational Therapy Association, and has received the Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist designation by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. Dr. Cardin uses the Life Course Health Development framework to inform her NICU-based practice and research line, which focuses on the …

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The Contexts of Life Course Health Development Associated with Exclusive Breastfeeding

By Jennifer Pitonyak

This webinar – the first in the LCRN’s series on Occupational Therapy and MCH: An Emerging Partnership to Improve Early Family Experiences and Life Course Health Development – features Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES.   Dr. Pitonyak is Assistant Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at University of Washington. She uses the Life Course Health Development (LCHD) framework to examine contextual factors that influence family occupation and health development. Dr. Pitonyak’s clinical background in occupational therapy and PhD training in health policy shape her research, policy, and program development interests in understanding and lessening barriers to health-producing early family experiences, particularly the social policy barriers to breastfeeding such as …

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Life gets under your skin

By Mel Bartley, ed.

Great Britain has a unique collection of studies in which people have been followed from birth into early old age. There are at present four of these Birth Cohort Studies, made up of people born in 1946, 1958, 1970 and 2000. The members of the 1946 and 1958 cohorts have generously allowed researchers to take a lot of biological health measures, as well as answering questions about their families, education, work, relationships and mental health. To these studies may be added others which have not followed people from birth, but which have measured changes in life circumstances and biology over many years. This booklet summarises some of the work that …

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