Educating & Advocating on Behalf of Texas Babies

The Texas Association for Infant Mental Health (TAIMH) is a non-profit affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health. TAIMH has addressed infant mental health issues in Texas since 1980, and is dedicated to improving the quality of nurturing family relationships for infants, young children and their families.

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  • TAIMH Receives Dallas Social Venture Partner Grant

    Social Venture Partners Dallas announced today that it has made an initial investment of $30,000 in the Texas Association of Infant Mental Health along with what could become hundreds of hours of skills-based volunteer time to help the Coppell-based nonprofit boost its ability to train child care providers about the importance of the first three years of life. TAIMH improves the quality of care
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  • Why Babies Cry At Night

    Somewhere between bliss and exhaustion. That’s how the first few months of parenting often feel, as sleepless nights blur into semicomatose days. Most of us chalk up a baby’s nighttime crying to one simple fact: He’s hungry. But could that chubby bundle of joy have a devious plan? Harvard University’s David Haig thinks so. Last month the evolutionary biologist offered up a surprising hypothesis to help
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  • Toddlers Obsessed with iPads: Could It Hurt Their Development?

    Researchers said imagination needs to be exercised like a muscle in order for creativity to be developed. Over time, children’s play became more elaborate and three-dimensional. Klein said the more parents use iPads, smart phones or similar devices to calm their kids down, the less likely the kids are to learn how to calm themselves down naturally. In other words, if kids are constantly
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  • It’s Also Child Neglect Prevention Month

    Judge John Specia, Commissioner Texas Department of Family and Protective Services April 2014 – National Child Abuse Prevention Month  It’s Also Child Neglect Prevention Month On April 1, a three-year-old boy drowned in Denton County in his family’s backyard pool. Mom was watching him blow bubbles in the backyard through the kitchen window. Her phone rang and then a baby in the home began to cry. By
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  • Young Dads at Risk of Depressive Symptoms, Study Finds

    Young fathers may be at increased risk of depression symptoms after their baby arrives, all the way through to the child’s kindergarten, a new study suggests. Researchers found that for men who become fathers in their 20s and live with their children, depression symptoms tend to rise during the first five years of the child’s life. Experts stressed that the findings don’t mean that
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  • Kindergarten Is Too Late — We Need to Strengthen Brains Earlier Than That

    Kindergarten is too late for a lot of children. That is a sad but biologically accurate fact of life. The basic and most important mental development processes that are needed to help each child read, stay in school, and stay out of prison actually happen before the age of five. The golden years for strengthening each child’s brain are the first three years of
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  • TAIMH Board Member Helen Holman Honored

    Congratulations to TAIMH Board Member, Helen Holman, who is a recipient of the 2014 Dallas Women’s Foundation Maura Women Helping Women Leadership Award! Helen Holman is president of Helen Holman and Associates, LLC, which provides facilitation expertise to advance and strengthen the nonprofit sector. Respected for her notable professional and volunteer contributions for the past 20 years, Holman has maintained high-level leadership positions with numerous
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  • Black Preschoolers More Likely to Face Suspension

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department’s civil rights arm. The suspensions — and disparities — begin at the earliest grades. Black children represent
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  • Why Maternal Mental Health Should be a Priority

    As 2015 quickly approaches, the global health community has been made increasingly aware of our progress toward Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Some remarkable progress has indeed been made. For example, the proportion of underweight children under the age of five in developing countries has declined from 28% to 17% between 1990 and 2011. Significant progress has also been made in reducing mortality among children
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