It starts with Baby Chat: Relationships, Language and Technoference

It starts with Baby Chat: Relationships, Language and Technoference

Plus Launch of CDI & HSE Talk to your Baby Cube

Tuesday 13th December 10am—1pm
Trinity Institute of Population Health, Russell Building, Tallaght Cross, Dublin 24 

Babies are born ready to connect and interact. Most babies respond immediately when spoken to if it is done appropriately, laying the foundations for connection and later attachment.

Join us at our Baby Chat: Relationships, Language, and Technoference event on the 13th of December to hear Robin Balbernie discuss why talking to babies is a lot more critical than you think and how infant-directed speech has a ‘communicative musicality, which is helpful in parent-baby interactions.

It starts with Baby Chat will look at the advantages of responsive early relationships for babies, and how a parent talks and interacts with the baby is crucial to this early bonding.

This is an innovative evidence-based training/networking event for early childhood professionals working with children aged 0 to 3 years.

We are delighted to welcome our Keynote Speaker, Robin Balbernie, an infant mental health specialist. 


Book here 

Mum and baby Bab chat



10am — 11.30am Keynote Speaker: Robin Balbernie

Robin Balbernie is an infant mental health specialist and was the Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at Gloucestershire CAMHS.

For many years, beginning with the Sure Start programme, he worked with the Children’s Centres in the county as clinical lead of ‘Secure Start’, providing a community infant mental health service. He was also involved with the Intensive Care Baby Unit at Gloucester Royal Hospital throughout his time in CAMHS and ran regular supervision groups for Health Visitors.

He is chair of the Peter Lang Children’s Trust, a charity that supports voluntary sector initiatives helping parents and children, from conception to age three, within Gloucestershire. When PIP UK was being established, he was initially a Trustee. He later became Clinical Director, helping to set up and then supporting specialised infant mental health teams across the country for over five years.

Refreshments break

Launch of Talk to Baby cube, a joint initiative with Chit Chat and HSE

Michelle Quinn, Senior Speech and Language Therapist Chit Chat Coordinator Childhood Development Initiative 

and Nóirín Sheridan, HSE, Speech & Language Therapist working in Paediatric Primary Care & currently engaged in HSE Leading Care II programme @NoirinSheridan

The Talk to your Baby Project lead’s on from CDI’s Bonding with Baby booklet, and is designed to promote the importance of communication and play with infants, particularly for the 0-3 age group within D.24.
It is an interagency project between CDI and the local HSE DSW SLT department. Designed to highlight the importance of communication and talking to your baby from birth.

Baby Cube


Please visit Overview – CDI for more information on our Ante Natal to Three Initiative and Chit Chat Oral Language programmes.

The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) works to improve outcomes for children, families and communities in Tallaght and throughout Ireland.
To do this:

– We deliver evidence-informed prevention and early intervention programmes, in partnership with communities and services. Our ATTI programme leads and innovates programmes to support Speech and Language from birth.
– We support the child and family workforce through professional development training and consultancies. As leaders in Infant Mental Health, we build and support practitioner capacity.