This volume was written to help parents understand what their baby is likely to be feeling in the first year. It describes how the baby’s sense of self develops, with intentionality, empathy, and recognition of the self. Babies want to be enthusiastically enjoyed and come into the world with a functioning mind, primed to communicate and learn quickly. These ideas are of fundamental importance for understanding babies. The main developmental achievements of the first year are considered, such as coping with separations and how thinking, self-esteem, and concern for others develop.
This book is important because it synthesises insights from working therapeutically with babies, children, and adults with those from infant research and infant observation and is illustrated with examples. It is written by a clinician who has had nearly two decades of specializing in work with distressed babies and their families. It focuses on the baby’s subjective experience of the world, viewing the baby as a subject in his or her own right, and in this way makes a unique contribution in the area of understanding the early non-verbal experience of the tiny infant. --- from the publisher
About the Author:
Frances Thomson Salo is a psychoanalyst of adults and children. She has worked as a child psychotherapist in the public health service in the United Kingdom and Australia for nearly forty years. As well as her private practice, Frances Thomson Salo is a Senior Lecturer on the University of Melbourne Graduate Diploma/Masters in Parent and Infant Mental Health. She provides supervision to psychiatric registrars at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, to senior staff in local Child and Adolescent Mental Health services and childcare services for children and adolescents, and has been involved in the training of psychoanalysts and other mental health professionals. She has published a number of articles and chapters in the field of infancy and child psychotherapy, and co-edited several books.