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Talking Matters at Zero To Three

Captions:(Left) Alison with her Zero To Three mission statement.(Centre) Think babies is a Zero to Three advocacy campaign. (Right) Alison with Dr Laura Jana, paediatrician and author of The Toddler Brain, and Michele Lupa, executive director of Mothercraft Canada, a parent support and advocacy group with roots in Plunket in New Zealand.


Talking Matters director Alison Sutton joined 3,400 practitioners, researchers and policy makers at the Zero To Three Conference in Denver in October 2018.  

"It was incredibly stimulating because it had a strong strand of advocacy and outstanding presentations and speakers," Alison says.

"Talking Matters will be drawing on the insights for months to come." 

Some Zero to Three highlights:  

•    Understanding the powerful connection between attachment, back and forth interaction and infant mental health. 

•    Trauma and adverse experiences in childhood literally shape babies' brains. They affect brain size as well as neural pathways.

•    Early years are not just about child development.  Early years are about economic policy, employment policy, social policy. Every employer depends on someone who depends on child care. 

•    We need to be actively talking about socio-emotional development. If we want children to have skills in managing their behaviour, they need the vocabulary and concepts to do that. It has to be intentional. 

Alison's full report can be downloaded from our publications page.