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ERIC Number: EJ1417549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2024
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Supporting the Social-Emotional Development of Our Youngest Learners: Infants Birth to Six Months Old
Seungyoun Lee
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v52 n1 p18-23 2024
The capacity for growth and development is an integral part of being human. Infant social-emotional development is critically important to overall development and begins in the first months of life. These processes encompass how we relate to ourselves and others in our everyday lives (Malti & Cheah, 2021). Social-emotional development includes how we understand our own and others' emotions, how we express our internal feelings, needs, and desires, and how we handle social and emotional upheaval. Understanding how infants develop socially and emotionally is important to supporting their development in effective ways (Lang et al., 2020). Parents/guardians and caregivers play an important role in facilitating development in this area. Social-emotional competence in the beginning months of life shapes the infant's long-term trajectory in all areas of development (Blower et al., 2021; Bozicevic et al., 2021; Davis et al., 2021; Israelashvili et al., 2020; Lang, et al., 2020). Knowing the importance of supporting young infants' social-emotional development, it is imperative that caregivers employ strategies that help build positive growth in this area. This article provides information about ways caregivers can help infants.
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Language: English
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