In this activity, you will begin looking for social behaviors in infants and toddlers. You will spend 15 minutes observing a child or a group of children. Write down the behaviors you see that are social (a child offers another child a toy) and the behaviors that might be signs that a child could use support around developing social and emotional competence (a child snatches a toy from another child). Remember to include social interactions between adults and the child, too. As you observe or after your observation, talk with your trainer about how you could help the child learn or use social behaviors.
|What did the child do?||What social skill or behavior did you see, or what skill is the child still learning?||I want to talk to my trainer about…|
Eliot and Brady, both 23 months, are sitting on a mat and playing with toys. Eliot reaches for the toy Brady has. She pulls it out of Brady’s hands. The two girls both pull on the toy until Eliot bites Brady on the arm. Brady drops the toys and runs to the teacher screaming.
Kennedy is crying in the infant seat. An adult comes over, picks her up, and begins singing to her. Kennedy stops crying and lays her head on the adult’s shoulder.