Assessing Infants and Toddlers: Introduction | Relational Approach to Assessing Infants and Toddlers:
Rationale and Implications | Diagnostic Issues Regarding Disorders of Early Childhood | Assessment Settings | Goals of Infant Mental Health Assessments | Comprehensive Assessment | Formal Assessment Procedures | Research Directions | Summary Points | References
Assessing infants and toddlers is increasingly
a requirement within clinical child mental health settings and often
involves collaborating with a variety of other infant mental health
professionals in assessments and in developing treatment plans.
Infant psychiatry is a strength-based, prevention-focused subspecialty
of child and adolescent psychiatry that has brought attention to
the mental health needs of children from birth through the preschool
years. Infant psychiatry focuses on early identification of risk contexts
and mental health disorders in infants, young children, and their
families and requires a different assessment approach than that
used with older children and adolescents.