Centre for the study of social emotional development of
at risk infant
The first years of life essentially influence the subsequent
social emotional development and children’s quality
of life. In these early periods the child’s own features,
social and communication skills, and the quality of the mother-infant
relationship are critical for the psychological and relational
development of the individual. Specific clinical conditions
such as prematurity, neurological diseases, malformations
or genetic syndromes can compromise the harmonious development
of these processes, making at risk the achievement of stages
of social emotional growth that the child and his/her family
must cope. In such situations, among the factors helpful to
reduce or dampen down the consequences of risk conditions,
the presence of early relationships sensitive and responsive
to children’s special needs may be a not negligible
factor of protection and promotion.
These considerations lead us to take care of the first steps
of our little inpatients throughout a clinical practice individualized
for each child and family, characterized by a constant interchange
with the scientific research on early infancy.
The Centre for the study of social emotional development
of at risk infant makes research and clinical activity
concerning neurobehavioral development, emotion regulation,
social competences, and the quality of mother-child relationship
in at risk situations, especially for zero-to-three year olds.
The activity of the Centre aims to enhance the synergy between
research and clinical practice, helping to enrich the theoretical
knowledge in terms of typical and atypical development processes
and identify early at risk situations that require intervention.
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