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The application of observation skills to work with under fives 

SOVREMENNAYA PEDIATRIYA.2014.1(57):138-145 

The application of observation skills to work with under fives 

Emanuel Louise

The Tavistock clinic, London 

The Tavistock Clinic model of Infant Observation is widely recognized as an essential foundation for clinical training of adult, child and infant mental health professionals. This paper illustrates how developing skills in infant observation and an understanding of psychoanalytic thinking, attachment theory and child development research, combine to enhance professionals' therapeutic approach to work with families, babies and young children. This approach is described in the paper and illustrated by clinical examples. 

Key words: Tavistock Clinic, model, Infant Observation, psychodynamic approach, attachment theory, therapeutic interventions, parents, children under five. 

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