the connected baby: a film conversation
an exclusive streaming event
What is the connected baby? “Babies arrive already connected to other people. That’s what a range of sciences is now telling us: that they have brains already tuned in to other people’s body rhythms and vocal tones and movements. It makes them much more communicative and sophisticated than we often realise. In fact, it turns out that their very brain pathways are shaped by the kinds of responses that they receive from other people. “So, to build the kind of society that we all want, we need to pay more attention to the way that we relate to our youngest children. I guess you could say that science is helping us to understand why it is that the way we love our children matters so much.”
For the first time ever, the connected baby: a film conversation by Suzanne Zeedyk and Jonathan Robertson is available to view online–right here on Mothering.com. Please enjoy and share this exclusive airing Feb 28th through Mar 1st. For a copy of the film on DVD please visit theconnectedbaby.org. Discover more about the film in this blog post by Mothering founder Peggy O’Mara.
The film is no longer available to stream through Mothering.com. For a copy of the DVD please visit theconnectedbaby.org.
About the Film
the connected baby is structured in six chapters: an introduction and five dances –
the dance of connection, the dance of the nappy, the dance of the air, the dance of the big sister, the dance of the mirror. Each dance observes and analyses the interaction between baby and parent, sibling or grandmother in a familiar domestic situation, in order to highlight the extraordinary abilities of the young baby to communicate and enter into conversation with a partner.
On the DVD each dance is accessible independently of the others, enabling its use as a focus for discussion groups, lectures, workshops, or training.
About the Creators
Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee, where she has been based since 1993. Her research expertise focuses on the early communicative interactions of parents and infants. In recent years, this has extended to the study of interventions for communicative disorders such as autism, sensory impairment, and dementia.
Jonathan Robertson is an independent film maker based in Fife, Scotland, having previously taught Photography and History & Theory of Art at the University of Dundee. He has made photographic and film studies about a range of subjects in France and Thailand, many of which fall into the category of material culture. His collaboration with Suzanne began in 2008, when they were awarded a public engagement grant by The British Psychological Society to make a film about her research.
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Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.