Social-Emotional Development

By February 16, 2016Parkland Players

In past posts we have discussed various ways in which children learn, the role of attachment, the centrality of self-regulation and the importance of building a strong foundation for children to develop. This foundation is largely rooted in a child’s social and emotional development, and the security of their attachment to their primary caregiver.

To better understand this, there are a number of essential skills that a child can achieve that will put them in a better position for positive growth and learning experiences.

  1. Social attachment and coping mechanisms
  2. Emotion regulation
  3. Sensory acuity (hearing and vision)
  4. Motor development
  5. Linguistic development
  6. Cognitive development

To achieve the above skills, young children use a number of strategies that are natural to their development and should be encouraged by caregivers

  • Toddlers strive to be independent: this means that they want to do things by themselves, helping them be in positions to learn and do things autonomously helps them build self esteem and confidence in their abilities
  • Toddlers need to practice emotional regulation: this means children should be given the change to acknowledge their emotional responses, and cope with them in whatever ways necessary, as long as the coping behaviour is not harmful. It is important to let children know that their emotions are valid and to teach them how to respond in distressing situations in a constructive way.




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