Social-Emotional Interactions with Infants
Giggle Gang Families,
We strive to offer appropriate social- emotional interactions between our Teachers and children in each program. These interactions are vital to all programs but more so a significant part of each infant’s brain development. From birth to one the brain is growing more rapidly than any other time in life”(CCM, BCAL-Pub-37 ). According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, quality care is about relationships. Studies have been found to show that “Infants learn trust through daily interactions with caregivers. During the course of an infant’s day, routine tasks offer opportunities for caregivers to be especially attentive to an infant’s basic needs”(CCM, BCAL-Pub-37 ). The connections are made when our teachers interact during daily routines of talking, smiling, soothing, reading stories and encouraging eye contact. We love to play at Giggle Gang and encourage this with your child to develop, learn and grow. Some activities that help with development are quick and easy such as showing a child how to pick up and shake an object, recognize their own image in a mirror, clap their hands together to make a sound or just blinking their eyes by mimicking. “Simple play stimulates the development of positive brain connections that allows later play skills to become more complex. Play is one of the most important ways infants learn about their world”(CCM, BCAL-Pub-37). So as you drop off your infant this month think about all the wonderful milestones they will achieve just by being a part of our Giggle Gang family!
What you can do as a Parent to encourage Brain development at home:
1. Hold and cuddle infants: Warm nurturing touch not only supports critical
bonding that leads to attachment, it also generates
brain connections that support every area of infant
development. the balance sensors located behind the ear
2. Slow and gentle dances: that include up and down, side-to-side and
back and forth movements are most effective
in comforting a crying infant.
3. Swinging: This can be incorporated by using
either an infant swing or holding the infant while
swaying on a swing or glider. Rocking is also a
great way to incorporate a swinging motion.
4. Take a walk: Take the infant for a walk outside or
put her in an infant carrier to be walked around
the house. This stimulates the movement she
experienced while in the womb.
5. Roll on a ball: Kneel on the floor and drape
the baby tummy-down on a beach ball.
6. Engage in uninterrupted play every day.
7. Use daily routines as a time to connect.
Michigan Child Care Matters,Issue 85 BCAL-Pub-37 (Rev.7-09) www.michigan.gov/michildcare
Mary Mackrain, Child Care Expulsion Prevention Program and Training Director: FOR NOW AND FOREVER BUILDING INFANT SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH ,BCAL-Pub-37 (Rev.7-09)