Social & Emotional Development

Cultivating Resiliency: Six Core Strengths for Healthy Child Development

Attachment: Making relationships Self-Regulation: Holding impulses Affiliation: Being part of a group Attunement: Being aware of others Tolerance: Accept differences Respect: Finding value in differences   Adverse childhood experiences impact brain development and overall physical health. Children who have experienced significant adversity may have limited to no development in these core strength areas. The good …

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Strategies for Building Attachment

Last Updated 9/14/2020 How you interact with children sets the tone for your relationships with them. When your relationship with a child sends signals of safety, stability, nurturance, and responsiveness, children can learn to trust you and the environment they are in. When a child can trust their caregivers and environments, their minds are free …

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Strategies for Building Self-Regulation

Last updates 9/14/2020 The ability to control our impulses is rooted in our earliest connections with responsive adults. In order for children to develop self-regulation skills, caregivers need to support them by first providing external regulation through safe, stable, nurturing, and responsive relationships. As you continue to build a child’s trust through strengthening your relationship, …

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Strategies for Building Affiliation

Affiliation is a child’s ability to join and contribute to a group. Affiliation stems from the emotional bonds of attachment we form in our earliest years. When children feel included, connected, and valued, they can be more engaged in their social environment. This is not a skill children innately possess, rather it requires that they …

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Strategies for Building Attunement Tolerance and Respect

The skill of attunement involves our awareness of others. Much of this comes from our ability to read non-verbal cues i.e. “body language”, but also to notice the differences we see in others compared to ourselves. In order for children to be successfully attuned, they need environments and relationships that promote attachment, self-regulation, and affiliation. …

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