White Paper on Social-Emotional Development from Too Small to Fail

How Young Children’s Learning & Health Benefit from Strong Social-Emotional Development

Very young children rely on parents and caregivers to help them understand our world and to provide them with the experiences and information that help their brains grow. This is true whether a child is learning to read and write, or how to get along with others and manage their feelings.  Too Small to Fail has released a white paper on the benefits that children receive through strong development.

Visiting Lecturer from Istanbul Turkey: Siblings of Children with Autism – July 26, 2017 – FREE

MSU’s Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health is privileged to have Dr. Hatice Sengul Erdem as a Visiting Scholar with our Center for the month of July. Dr. Erdem is a special educator with a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies from Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey. She holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey and she has worked as a school counselor for 15 years. She has published her research about teacher opinions on teaching reading and writing to intellectually impaired children, on games to develop social skills in children with autism, and on the perception of vocational high school teachers about inclusion. In her doctoral research, she examined the characteristics of siblings of children on the autism spectrum. In this lecture,
Dr. Erdem will speak about this research and about special education policies and practices in Turkey.
She will offer a presentation on, “Emotional, Social and Behavioral Characteristics of Siblings of Children with Autism and Typically Developing Children: A mixed design and comparative study.”
Followed by an Open Discussion                                                   Flyer for July 26 Lecture
There is no fee for this event
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Center for Clinical Services, 35 Clove Road, Room 1356
Call Dr. Gerry Costa at 973-655-6685 with any questions.

Sixth Annual Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation Conference

2017 Conference

In partnership with Children’s Aid and Family Services Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning – West Bergen Mental Healthcare & Youth Consultation ServiceNJAIMH is pleased to sponsor the Sixth Annual Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation Conference: Ensuring Social Justice for Children in Infant and Early Childhood Centers and Schools on May 11, 2017, at Montclair State University.

To register, click on:

Magic Moment Memo November 2016

As I complete my three-year term as a member of the NJ Association for Infant Mental Health Board of Trustees, I want to say thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this talented and committed group.  It is wonderful to be part of a community of caring and dedicated professionals who are thinking very broadly about how to best support and serve our early childhood colleagues, infants, toddlers, young children and their families.

My hope is that  NJAIMH will continue to be the leader as the “go to place” for professionals and families looking to advance their knowledge & understanding about what really matters in  raising healthy, emotionally secure & resilient children.

I am reminded of two quotes that I try to keep present in my thinking:

If you want to go fast, go alone If you want to go far, go together.” ~ African Proverb

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement & mystery of the world we live in.” ~ Rachel Carson


Cynthia Newman MSW, LCSW

Regional Director

Mid-Jersey CARES

Regional Early Intervention Collaborative

REIC Central Jersey Family Health Consortium


Magic Moment Memo June 2016

stuffed horse

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend the entire day in one of our inclusive preschool classrooms.  With staying relevant—and reasonable—at the forefront of my agenda, I am fortunate that my role affords me many occasions for close, personal interactions with very young children and their families.  I haven’t, however, spent an entire day—from drop off to pick up—as the lead teacher in the classroom in quite some time.  Having facilitated a successful morning of fun and learning, I was feeling quite exhausted myself when, alas, it was rest time.  I’ve always thought of that a silent, collective sigh of relief is shared between early childhood educators and caregivers once the children begin to settle down onto their mats.  Continue reading

Magic Moment Memo April 2016

The “Early Intervention State of Mind”lightbulb

One of the reasons I love my job is what I call the “lightbulb” moments that I see with new staff. You know, the moment when I see the imaginary lightbulb suddenly turn on over someone’s head! As someone who does professional development, I go for these “Aha!” moments – that spark of sudden insight or inspiration or realization. My favorite “Aha!” moments occur when a practitioner realizes they are not just there to “work the baby.”  Continue reading

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