Social and Emotional Communication with Your Child Aged Birth to Two: Strategies/Activities for 18 Months to 2 Years

By January 16, 2017Parkland Players

This is the fourth and final post in a series of posts on social and emotional communication with children aged two years and under.

This post will focus on strategies and activities for facilitating social and emotional development in your child from age18 months to 2 years.

  • Make a cozy space in your home: make a space that your child can go to when they need to calm down from negative emotions or as an alternative to a time out; a “calming corner” of sorts. Sometimes children need time alone to sort out their feelings, just like adults do.
  • Use positive suggestions instead of no statements: often times we tell toddlers what not to do when they are acting out or misbehaving. Try turning these sentences positive by asking what can they do instead of the negative behaviour they are currently engaging in.
  • Empathize with your child’s feelings: state that you know how your child is feeling when they are experiencing a negative emotion. Show them that you acknowledge their state of being.
  • Help your child understand her feelings and behaviours: this ties into labelling emotions. Help your child to figure why the feel or act a certain why so that they are better able to address the problem.
  • Offer choices: give toddlers a sense of control

In conclusion, emotions are important to a child’s development and it is important for caregivers to be aware and engaged in supporting this development.




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