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Wouldn't it be easier it if your infant could just tell you what they need?

October 29th, 2018

According to experts babies are “telling” us more than we realize. Infants do communicate through their behavior. They tell us how they feel, what they need and how the environment is impacting them with their own set of signals or cues. 

Stressed babies often have subtle or strong signs such as avoiding eye contact or gaze/looking away, stiffening of the body, arms and legs, crying, irritable and possibly inconsolable. These cues/behaviors let infants inform us that they are stressed, tired or overloaded. When parents have methods to respond to these cues/behaviors the infant can improve his/her ability to self- regulate and begin to learn how to calm himself. Some ways to assistant your baby when you recognize these cues are reduce the activity (stop bouncing, rocking etc), provide quiet comfort, modify environment such as reducing the noise, dim the lights decrease activity or tuck the babies arms across their chest and gently hold. Your patience and these systematic measures will allow time for your baby to respond and calm.

What does a baby look like when they are stabilized? Some of those cues can be as simple as bringing their hand to their mouth, grasping their shirt or other hand or simply having a quiet moment with alert eyes. These moments can signal to you that your baby is in an available state to make eye contact, listen to your voice, or other engaging activities. By acknowledging infant cues as authentic communication and responding to what your baby is trying to convey to you, you will be taking important steps toward meeting your baby’s needs while supporting their ability to regulate their own behavior.

Author: Lisa Spurlock, Physical Therapy Assistant

Posted by Siskin Admin  | Category: Early Childhood Development
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Ensuring the safety of the children we serve and our staff is our primary concern. In a moment where our community and nation is preparing for a potential outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) the leadership of Siskin Children’s Institute has decided to close all of our programs, including the Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics, Early Learning Center, Home and Community-Based Early Intervention, Family Voices, and all Therapy Clinic Services including Occupational, Physical, Speech, and Applied Behavior Analysis.


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