Pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton to give public talk May 20
ANN ARBOR—Renowned pediatrician Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, one of America’s foremost medical experts on child development, will deliver the 25th Anniversary Fraiberg Colloquium keynote address at 4 p.m. May 20 at the University of Michigan’s Power Center for the Performing Arts. The talk is free to the public.
Brazelton, who has been called the “Baby Boomers’ Dr. Spock,” will discuss alliances between parents and care providers to support the parent-child relationship and the well-being of children. His talk is part of the annual conference of the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH), being held May 20-22 at the U-M.
Brazelton has published many books on family and child development, including “Infants and Mothers” and “Touchpoints.” He also writes a syndicated column for the New York Times and has his own television show, “What Every Baby Knows.”
A long-time practicing pediatrician and Harvard University professor, Brazelton is chairman of the Pampers Parenting Institute, a one-stop resource center for parents seeking advice from experts. Brazelton’s Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale, which he has developed over four decades, helps health care providers determine a newborn’s individual personality traits by using the baby’s body language and sound medical science.
In addition, he helped establish the Child Development Unit at Children’s Hospital in Boston, where he also oversees the Touchpoints Project and the Brazelton Institute. His latest venture, the Brazelton Foundation in Fairfax, Va., seeks to change the way pediatric health care providers serve American families.
Brazelton also spoke at the first MI-AIMH conference in 1977. This year’s conference, “Hand in Hand: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Supporting Relationships and Early Development,” will feature several national child development and health care experts. Topics include regulatory disorders in young children, toddler biting, infant mental health home visiting services, school readiness, neonatal intensive care, early head start programs and more.
The conference runs 1-5:30 p.m.