|Social-Emotional Milestones, Responsive Caregiving, and Identity
A PITC Training Session
|Session Format: 3-hour session, 30-40 participants, lecture, experiential learning, small groups, DVD|
|This session examines how an understanding of three stages of infancy (birth to around 8 months, around 8 months to around 18 months, and around 18 months to 36 months) helps adults attune their nurturance of infants and toddlers. The developmental themes of security, exploration, and identity play a role during each age period, with security being central during the first period, exploration during the second period, and identity during the third period. Different factors that influence responsive care are considered, including an understanding of child development, sensitivity to the family and culture of each child, self-reflection, and observation and careful reading of children’s cues. The session closes with active exploration how adults can effectively engage in a responsive “back-and-forth” dance in their relationships with infants and toddlers.
I Social-Emotional Growth and Socialization