The Face-to-Face Still-Face (FFSF) paradigm in clinical settings: Socio-emotional regulation assessment and parental support with infants with neurodevelopmental disabilities

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Abstract

Background: The Face-to-Face Still-Face (FFSF) paradigm is a well-acknowledged procedure to assess socio-emotional regulation in healthy and at-risk infants. Although it was developed mainly for research purposes, the FFSF paradigm has potential clinical implications for the assessment of socio-emotional regulation of infants with neurodevelopmental disabilities (ND) and to supporting parenting. Aim: The present paper describes the application of the FFSF paradigm as an evaluation and intervention tool in clinical practice with infants with ND and their parents. Methods: Theoretical and methodological insights for the use of the FFSF paradigm in the clinical setting are provided. Single-case vignettes from clinical practice further illustrate and provide exemplifications for the use of the FFSF with infants with ND and their parents. Results: From a clinical point of view, the use of the FFSF paradigm (1) offers a unique observational perspective on socio-emotional regulation in infants with ND and (2) enhances parents' sensitivity to their infants' behavior. Discussion: The FFSF paradigm appears to be a useful tool for clinical assessment of socio-emotional regulation in infants with ND and promote the quality of parenting and early parent-infant interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number789
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume9
Issue numberMAY
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 22 2018

Keywords

  • Early intervention
  • Mother-infant interaction
  • Neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Parents
  • Rehabilitation
  • Still-face

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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