Mindfulness in the thick of it: Neuroscience-based tools to support parent and infant in the early years

Dr. Naianna Robertsson, Neuroscientist

What you will learn:

  •  Living a mindful life within the context of parenting
  • Tips on how to do it
  • How understanding and harnessing parental brain’s plasticity can help parents achieve self-understanding
  • How parents’ understanding and regulating of their nervous system can improve their ability to respond to infant sleep challenges


  • Hari, R., Henriksson, L., Malinen, S., & Parkkonen, L. (2015). Centrality of Social Interaction in Human Brain Function. Neuron88(1), 181–193. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2015.09.022.
  • Townshend, K., & Caltabiano, N. J. (2019). The extended nervous system: affect regulation, somatic and social change processes associated with mindful parenting. BMC psychology7(1), 41. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-019-0313-0
  • Ball, H. L., Taylor, C. E., Thomas, V., Douglas, P. S., & SBY working group (2020). Development and evaluation of ‘Sleep, Baby & You’-An approach to supporting parental well-being and responsive infant caregiving. PloS one15(8), e0237240. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0237240

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