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Beginning Rhythms & Keys to Caregiving: Supporting At-Risk Infants and Families

November 16, 2017 @ 8:30 am - November 17, 2017 @ 4:00 pm EST

We look forward to having you join us for Beginning Rhythms & Keys to Caregiving on Thursday, November 16 (8:30am-4:00pm) and Friday, November 17 (8:30am-4:00pm)!

This Beginning Rhythms & Keys to Caregiving: Supporting At-Risk Infants and Families has been developed for the unique needs of healthcare, education, and early intervention professionals working with infants and young children who are at risk for or have developmental concerns and high risk social-emotional needs.  The content provides a strengths-based foundation of typical early development (birth to 3 years) for infants and young children centered on the importance of the parent-child relationship.  The support of positive parent-child relationships is critical in offering developmental guidance of all children, especially infant and young children who are vulnerable due to health, developmental, and/or environmental concerns. 

Participants will receive a “Certificate of Professional Development Education” for 12.5 clock hours.


Beginning Rhythms & Keys to Caregiving

  • Discuss the impact of daily routines and social emotional experiences on physiologic regulation, self-regulation and emotional development
  • Describe the impact that maternal self-regulation and prenatal mutual regulation has on infant regulation
  • Identify the significance of self-regulation and mutual regulation during and after pregnancy
  • Analyze the significance of an infant’s transition from “mutual regulation to self-regulation” in the first year of life
  • Understand how parent knowledge about the developmental evolution of infant states and the sleep/wake cycle assists parents in the management of their child’s sleep and feeding routines
  • Utilize the Sleep Activity Record (SAR) can assist parents in managing sleep, feeding, and crying concerns
  • Analyze how sharing the behavioral assessment can to support infant and child development and coach parent’s responsive caregiving for their child
  • Describe how a feeding or play observation provides opportunities to enhance parent confidence and caregiving
  • Discuss how to support parents understanding of infant behavioral cues and consistent responses as the first step in communication and social emotional development


$150 per person


Barbara Deloian, PHD, RN, CPNP, IBCLC, is a pediatric nurse practitioner with over 35 years’ experience working with families of infants and young children and has over 20 years’ experience teaching the evidenced based NCAST Programs (Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training).  She has used her knowledge and skills from these programs clinically in pediatric cardiology, high risk preemie follow-up, pediatric feeding clinic, ENRICH early intervention, and her lactation consultation practice. As a certified NCAST Instructor,she participated in research in an NIH Infant Growth Study and the Infant Irritability Study for Fussy Babies.  She was a NCAST Feeding and Teaching Scale instructor and consultant for Dr. David Olds Nurse Family Partnership Programs for Home Visitation 200 and the implementation of programs in Colorado, Kansas, and Texas.  She also has completed PIPE Certification, the DC 0:3R, Pyramid Plus Model, and the 2015 Fragile Infant Feeding Institute.  Through Special Kids, Special Care, she has offered annual programs such as the Interdisciplinary Institute related to the care and follow-up of premature and medically fragile infants.

Barbara received her master’s from UCLA and her PhD from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with her dissertation transitioning premature infants and their families’ home from the NICU.  She also completed a post-graduate fellowship in Neuro-developmental Behavioral Leadership. 

Sarah McNamee, LCSW, MBA is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience working with young children and their families in school, office, and home-based services. She specializes in working with children ages birth to 3 and their families and feels especially connected to working with families with infants and young children with special health care needs, babies and families transitioning home from the NICU, children with highly sensitive temperaments and families who have experienced trauma.  As her practice has grown, she has also found great passion in working with parents, especially moms, during the prenatal, postpartum, infant and toddler years.

Sarah holds both a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Business Administration, as well as post graduate training in couples and family therapy.  She is certified in the NCAST Feeding Scales.  Sarah continues to receive specialized training in infant and early childhood mental health, some of which include being a participant at the 2014 Fragile Infant Feeding Institute and the 2010 Sensory Processing Disorder Conference, as well as training in the DC 0:3R, Pyramid Plus Model, Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Beginning Rhythms and Keys to Caregiving. Sarah has completed extensive training in Drs. Joy Browne and Ayelet Talmi’s BABIES and Pre-STEPS Models and is involved in Special Kids, Special Care’s efforts to improve post-discharge services to premature and medically fragile infants through the NICU Outreach and Transition Partnership. Sarah is working towards endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Mentor.  She is the Secretary of the Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health, a Board Member of Special Kids, Special Care, and is a member of the Denver Providers Advisory Committee with Rocky Mountain Human Services.

In addition to her clinical and advocacy work, Sarah also provides clinical and reflective supervision/consultation to graduate students and a diverse group of working professionals.


November 16, 2017 @ 8:30 am
November 17, 2017 @ 4:00 pm


Summit County Community and Senior Center
83 Nancy's Place
Frisco, CO 80443 United States
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