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November 12, 2014
2:00 pm Eastern Time
Co-Director, Center for Child & Family Studies
This session will explore how emotionally secure relationships provide the springboard for early learning. It will first address the foundational nature of early relationship experiences. Then, we will consider what infants and toddlers learn in caring relationships, including expectations for how they are treated and ways in which they learn to regulate their emotions with help from adults. Of particular concern will be the emergence of expectations from experiences with others that, in turn, lead to perceptions about self. In addition, the development of self-regulation—from being completely dependent on the nurturing adult to cooperating with the adult and engaging in guided self-regulation—will be discussed. The session will then turn to ways in which infants and toddlers use relationships as a base for learning in other developmental domains. Examples will be highlighted from the language development, cognitive development, and perceptual and motor development domains. The session will close with an overview of research on the long-range effects of early social and emotional development and the impact of early relationship experiences on young children’s school readiness.
This presentation will identify key concepts from research and provide a variety of examples that illustrate those concepts. As each concept is presented there will be an outline of caregiving strategies that support development in that area. For example, when the session focuses on self-regulation, the role of responsive caregiving will be introduced. Responsive caregiving will be defined and strategies adults can use to be more responsive to infants and toddlers will be highlighted. Video examples will support the presentation of developmental concepts, examples, and caregiving strategies throughout the session.
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2:oo PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time.
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