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ERIC Number: ED198958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-8
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Meeting the Needs of Infants.
Honig, Alice S.
Day care providers can meet the needs of infants by providing security and affection through bodily contact, approving and admiring glances, and gentle and firm vocal responses. The caregiver should also be able to employ developmental theory as a way toward providing appropriate stimuli and responses to infants at various stages of development. Developmental theory is especially relevant to the caregiver's handling of infant misbehaviors, responding to the moods of babies, and providing appropriate learning experiences. Caregivers have to become creative arrangers of learning experiences with people and objects. Toys and interactions should give feedback to the baby. By improving their noticing skills, providers can encourage infants' attempts at problem solving and can forestall discouragement, boredom or frustration. In addition to knowledge of developmental level, caregivers should have knowledge of infants' individual strengths. Fewer emotional upsets will result when providers set goals and tasks that each baby can succeed at with a bit of trying. (At the conclusion of this presentation, six guidelines for day care providers are offered.) (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Family Day Care Technical Assistance Conference (Atlanta, GA, April 8, 1981).