Title: 'Bringing the Parent-Child Relationship Lens to Our Work Using the Early Relational Assessment '
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): Early intervention, parent-child relationships, relational assessments
Learning Objectives:
  1. describe emerging trends in Wisconsin’s ERA preliminary data
  2. explain why looking at the parent-child relationship is important


“Understanding child-parent attachment must become a lens through which we consider all decisions that touch the lives of children. This is not a political issue; it is a universal human issue” (M. Erickson, 2010). EHDI programs touch the lives of children during critical times when parent-child attachment is developing. While early intervention efforts have begun to focus more on social-emotional development along with communication and general development, the context of the child’s primary relationship is still missing. Wisconsin Sound Beginnings has been using the Parent-Child Early Relational Assessment (R. Clark, 2010) to evaluate the parent-child relationship for children who have been identified as deaf or hard of hearing. The Parent-Child Early Relational Assessment (ERA) is comprised of three, five-minute video segments of parents and children--a free play; a structured task; and a snack time/feeding. WSB analyzes and scores the videos per the ERA protocol, looking at more than 60 aspects of the parent-child interaction, evaluating the child’s experience of the parent, the parent’s experience of the child and their interaction together. WSB has had the opportunity to conduct and analyze the ERAs for approximately 10 families. Despite the small sample size, several trends have emerged. This presentation seeks to demonstrate the importance of child-parent attachment as a factor in child development and to increase participants’ capacity to observe parent-child interactions through the lens of attachment.
Presentation: Monday_Combs Chandler_200_RebeccaMartin_1625.pdf

Monday_Combs Chandler_230_RebeccaMartin_1625.pdf


Handouts: Handout is not Available
CART: Topical Session 2- 1625.docx
Rebecca Martin - Primary Presenter,POC
     Credentials: MPH, IMH-E(II)
      Rebecca Martin, MPH, IMH-E(II) is the Outreach Specialist Coordinator at Wisconsin Sound Beginnings, working to support families and providers throughout EHDI. She has a decade of experience in health education, home visitation, case management, communications and advocacy. With a focus on high-risk, minority, immigrant and teen parents and their young children, Rebecca has provided intensive case management, intervention, education and support around parent-child relationships, child development, family stability, domestic violence and physical/emotional health. Rebecca completed her public health Preceptorship at a community health center in rural Wisconsin working with Amish and Hispanic communities. Rebecca served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, working to better maternal/child health and improve community organization. She is a graduate of UW-Madison’s Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health certificate program and has earned her Level II Infant Mental Health Endorsement as an Infant Family Specialist for culturally sensitive, relationship-focused practice promoting infant mental health.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.