The Onslow County Partnership for Children is one of 80 national sites around the country that embrace Touchpoints, an approach to child development that grew out of the research and practice of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, a world-renowned pediatrician whose work has, in many ways, changed the way our culture understands early childhood. The Brazelton Touchpoints Center, an academic center based at Boston Children’s Hospital, works with healthcare, human services and child care professionals to better serve families with infants and toddlers.
The Center views children’s development in a holistic rather than compartmentalized way, and by helping parents anticipate their child’s development and behavior, can reduce the stress that can often lead to abuse or neglect. Dr. Brazelton coined the term “Touchpoints” to refer to the moments in which children seem as if they are regressing, but in fact, are in a period of new growth and learning. When parents understand the normal stages of development, they can worry less, enjoy parenting more, and begin to trust their own inner wisdom as caregivers.
As a Touchpoints site, the Onslow County Partnership for Children trains childcare providers, social workers and healthcare professionals in this approach. Since June 2004, 207 professionals have completed the initial Touchpoints training and there are currently 14 professionals in the community who are now certified Touchpoints trainers who can work with their peers in both the civilian and military sectors.
For more information, please contact Sara Cariaso at (910) 353-1103.