These talks are aimed at all healthcare professionals and those passionate about working with babies.

Meg can be booked to speak at professional forums and professional development groups as well as to conduct her two-day ISIT (Infant Sensory Integration Training) courses.

Talk Topics:

Up to 50% of mothers complain of sleep problems in the first two years of their baby’s life. In addition, 20% of mothers suffer with postnatal depression and a large percentage of these complain of sleep problems in their infant. Infant sleep is also the most common reason for a visit to paediatricians in otherwise well babies. These three factors make infant sleep work an area of critical interest for those working with mother-infant dyads.

Infant Regulation of State is probably the most critical piece of the sleep puzzle. Combined with knowledge on the basics of sleep development and the sensory effect of the environment on sleep, this comprehensive course will equip professionals to cope with the common and debilitating area of infant and toddler sleep problems. Practical application includes:

A fussy baby or toddler is a challenge for any parent. Up to 20% of babies are termed high needs, whether due to simple temperament differences, colic or a more debilitating regulatory disorder. Understanding whether it is a normal developmental stage (colic), a temperament issue or a more pervasive regulatory disorder is an essential aspect of intervention.

Past the age of three months fussy babies may be exhibiting signs of a regulatory disorder. Many of these mothers feel like bad parents and suffer from depression. This talk will be specific to those parents battling with high needs infants past the three-month mark. The practical information for parents will cover:

  • What are the problems mothers experience with fussy babies
  • Strategies to cope with fussy babies
  • When is it a regulatory disorder and who can help
This informative talk looks at how the senses develop in utero and the senses at birth. It is particularly pertinent for those working with pregnant moms. The attendees will learn how to use this information to make the transition from womb to world a smooth one for the baby and parents. This entails using all the senses to simulate the calm world of the womb by:

  • Designing a nursery conducive to a calm baby
  • Enhancing “mother space” to nurture a contented baby
  • Using baby carriers
Reflective function is one of the most vital skills of mothering and is linked to effective parenting beyond infancy, decreased conduct disorders, decreased ADHD and improved behaviour passed infancy. This talk looks at the six states infants experience and how the baby communicates which state he is in to the mom. In addition, the way a mom engages through language and signals with her baby is critical in attachment and security. By the end of this talk, based on the most current information in infant mental health, the mom will know:

  • When her baby is tired
  • When he should be stimulated
  • When he is starting to become overloaded
  • Which strategies he uses to self calm
Feeding can be one of the most challenging areas of parenting. Even with an easy baby who feeds well, breastfeeding challenges or simply knowing when to introduce what foods can present a challenge. For some babies feeding becomes a battleground and these problems may be caused by a multitude of factors. In this talk, Meg Faure looks at the nutritional, emotional, social and sensory aspects of feeding and guides parents with all manner of feeding queries into sense-able feeding for their little ones.
This talk looks at the four sensory personalities: the settled baby, the social butterfly, the slow to warm up baby and the sensitive baby. An understanding of your baby’s sensory personality will assist with sleep, development and emotional development.
In the 21st century the pressure on parents to nurture brilliant children is enormous. Parents easily fall into the trap of over stimulating and over scheduling children. This talk looks at the hazards of over stimulation and gives practical tips on how best to stimulate and appropriately schedule our kids according to their age.

All parents have a common goal for their child: To develop a strong and well-adjusted human being who has the strength of character to develop to their optimal potential. The problem is that it really doesn’t come with a manual and there are many variables that affect our parenting style… So, how do we go about parenting in the best way to develop strength of character? The secret lies in developing the ability to self-regulate. Toddlers can be nurtured to regulate their big emotions and behaviour. It is the parents ultimate role to co-regulate with their child until he or she has the capacity to self-regulate. This talk will cover:

  • The life stage of the toddler
  • Supporting independence
  • The development of self-regulation
  • How to support the development of autonomy
  • Practical situations for ‘Positive boundaries’ that allow for autonomy and the development of character

We live in a world dominated by technology – we use and rely on our devices and tech to a great extent. As parents, it is easy to rely on technology to keep our little ones occupied. New science is highlighting the negative effects of technology on brain development in children. The question is how much is too much and how to curb a tech reliance once it has developed?

Meg Faure will look at the effects of tech on the developing brain and offer insights into managing technology.