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0-3 Developmental Services

The effects of what happens during the prenatal period and during the earliest years of a child’s life will impact a person for a lifetime.  Experiences and interactions with parents, family members and other adults influence the way a child’s brain develops, along with adequate nutrition, good health, and quality care.  How the child develops during this period sets the stage for later success in school and their overall mental health.  The Birth to Three (0-3) Developmental Services provided at Children’s Research Triangle (CRT) are designed to meet the wide variety of needs young children and their families may have in order to support the child’s development, attachment, self-regulation, social-emotional development, and long term mental health.


Consultative services are provided in person, by phone, and through a mental health HIPPA compliant video conferencing venue to address questions caregivers may have about their child’s development and behavior.  These concerns may include sleeping problems, feeding difficulties, discipline, temper tantrums, aggressive behaviors, toilet training, etc.  Many parents also have questions related to transition times in the family’s life such as: when their baby seems fussier than others, when new moms are experiencing baby blues, when a young child is adopted into their forever family, when a premature baby comes home from the hospital, when additional children come into the family, when a child goes to daycare/pre-school, etc. 


Parents may have concerns regarding their child’s development or how life events have impacted their child’s functioning.   Having their child screened or assessed enables the parent to be aware of exactly how their child is functioning.  Developmental screenings/assessments use standard measures that are play-based and interactive; the parent remains present during the assessment process.  At the conclusion of the assessment, recommendations and activities to support the child’s development will be provided.


Developmental evaluations are performed by a team of CRT professionals.  The developmental evaluations at Children’s Research Triangle include a comprehensive assessment of the child’s, adaptive, fine and gross motor, receptive and expressive language, and social-emotional development along with a physical examination by a pediatrician.

Young children are not separated from their parents during their evaluation.  Parents know their child better than anyone else and their expertise is critical for an accurate assessment.   At the conclusion of the evaluation feedback and parent education are provided.  Recommendations for needed services and/or activities to support the child's ongoing development are provide.   A written report is subsequently prepared and sent after the developmental evaluation.


CRT therapists address a wide range of behavioral, emotional, and developmental issues.  For the very young child dyadic relationship based therapeutic approaches are supported by theory and empirical evidence.  These therapeutic approaches include, but are not limited to, Infant-Parent Psychotherapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, and Theraplay.


Infant massage promotes bonding and attachment between the baby and his/her parents.  Infant massage helps the baby relax and feel loved.  Infants who are massaged sleep better, receive positive sensory stimulation, have improved digestive, immune and circulatory systems, and better body awareness.  Infant massage stimulates the production of oxytocin, which is a pain reliever that produces a calming effect on the baby and caregiver.  Caregivers who use infant massage report feeling more comfortable and confident in their ability to care for their baby as they learn how to respond to their baby’s cues.  Infant massage training is offered in groups or individually to meet the parent’s and child’s needs.  As part of the training, parents learn techniques to comfort, calm, and soothe their child. 


Both individual and group education is available covering a wide range of topics including: normal child development, preterm infant development, developmental delays, birth challenges and health problems which can impact a child’s development, sleeping problems, feeding and nutrition, developmental discipline, behavior concerns (for example biting, temper tantrums, aggressive behaviors, bullying), traumatic experiences, and adjustment to family changes.


For more information, please call Ruth Bartman at 312-726-4011 or email us at