Behaviors of Engagement and Disengagement


Simple tables of infant behaviors of engagement and disengagement. These include Physiologic, Motor, Behavioral State and Habituation.

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Downloadable summary of infant behaviors that indicate their ability to engage in the act of eating and the feeding experience, and their need to disengage, or stop a feeding. By understanding these behaviors, the feeder (family member, nurse or therapist) can partner with the infant to make feeding experiences pleasurable. The NICU and early months after discharge provide the experiences that build a foundation for both short- and long-term skill development.


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