Emotional Dev. Time

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Emotional Development
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At birth:
Social Development
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Emotional dev. begins at birth. Newborns
feel two basic emotions: contentment and
distress
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First weeks:
Social dev. begins within a few weeks.
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Infants associate emotions with causes –
hunger, pain, lack of attention, etc.
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Three months:
Three to six months:
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Six to ten months:
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Eleven to twelve months:
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Search for independence:
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Ways to promote healthy emotional
development:
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Hug, kiss, cuddle, rock, and smile
Use a comforting voice
Eleven to twelve months:
Infants are still unable to see anyone else’s
point of view.
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New physical skills such as walking
promotes independence
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Six to ten months:
Demonstrate fear of unfamiliar people or
stranger anxiety
Separation anxiety at its peak.
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Three to six months:
Begin to trust and recognize caregivers.
Approx. 6 months begin to form
attachments to caregivers/special objects
Begin to show fear. At 10 months, show
specific emotions – anger, sadness,
happiness, etc.
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Three months:
Make cooing sounds to get attention, fuss
until parents come, arch back and reach out
to be held
Show excitement when caregivers appear
and distress when they leave. Extend
interests beyond themselves when they feel
loved and secure
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First weeks:
Infants begin to listen to voices, begin to see
faces, try to make eye contact, and smile
and faces and voices
Show pleasure/delight with smiles and
laughter
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At birth:
Search for independence:
Loving care received from parents help
children find identity and independence
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Ways to promote healthy social
development:
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Encourage baby to use gestures
Provide positive examples---“hello,”
Keep up with attachment objects
 Set good examples of ways to express
emotions
 Allow child to quiet self by sucking
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Role of play:
**Helps children learn both emotional
and social skills
“thank you,” and “bye-bye”
 Talk to infants in a pleasant voice
 Smile, show positive facial expressions
 Provide opportunities for other family
members to interact with infant
- Role of play:
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