Younger Infant: Emergent Literacy

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Young-Infant-Reading

Before we learn to love books, we hit them. At least, younger infants do. This may be a sign, however, that the child is beginning to connect with print materials. As younger infants move toward realms where literacy begins to emerge,  they increasingly show interest in verbal communication and printed words and images. Below are some indicators or progress and … Read More

Younger Infant: Communicating and Speaking

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Ever get the feeling your seven month old infant is talking to you? Well, young infants do talk. Sort of. Even as young infants, children begin to develop vocal communication skills. Some examples of progress in this area follow as well as some strategies you can use to support this development. Age: 0-8 Months Domain: Language Development and Communication Sub-domain: … Read More

Younger Infant: Listening and Understanding

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Dad-Feeding-Baby

“I put the spoon in the cereal. I scoop the cereal. Here comes the cereal,” Dad says to baby as the child opens her mouth to scarf down the scoop. To talk through routines like this with infants may seem silly at first, but when we do, we help them increase their capacity to listen and understand. The ability to … Read More

Younger Infant: Relationships With Other Children

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One infant pulls another infants shirt as he leans forward.

Ever notice how when one infant starts to cry, other infants nearby cry too? No, it’s not your imagination. It happens. Though, these sympathy cries threaten to overwork eardrums, they can be a good sign. When infants cry upon hearing others cry, it shows they’re making progress toward developing relationships with other children. Below are some other examples of progress … Read More

Younger Infant: Self-Regulation

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Infant opening mouth as spoon with food is approaching.

Self-regulation is an important part of social emotional development for infants. Healthy relationships are the cornerstone for progress in this domain. At this stage, children begin to understand limitations, start to show an ability to manage own behavior, become increasingly independent, and even develop stress management techniques. Age: 0-8 Months Domain: Social Emotional Development Sub-domain: Self-Regulation Progress and Support Younger … Read More

Younger Infant: Self-Awareness

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Smiling infant.

The development of self-awareness is an important part of social emotional development for infants. In this stage of development you can see children grow more and more aware of their own needs and feelings. Age: 0-8 Months Domain: Social Emotional Development Sub-domain: Self-Awareness Progress and Support Younger infants show progress when they look at own hands and feet, notice reflection … Read More

Younger Infant: Trust and Emotional Security

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Women holding infant up smiling while the two look at each other.

Trust and emotional security are important parts of social emotional development for infants. Healthy relationships are the cornerstone for progress in this domain. At this stage, infants will bond with familiar adults and begin to show caution around strangers. Age: 0-8 Months Domain: Social Emotional Development Sub-domain: Trust and Emotional Security Progress and Support Younger infants show progress when they … Read More