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Lawrenceville child care: Social development in infants

Posted on 10-07-2014

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Encouraging your infant’s social development is an important part of the growth process. With the right guidance and support, your child can begin to learn important skills from a very early age that will set the foundation for essential social behaviors and abilities, including:

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Friendship
  • Relationships
  • Respect
  • Constructive emotional expression
  • Empathy
  • And more

How to encourage social development in infants

As with other areas of development, parents and close caregivers are essential teachers. How you behave sets the example for your child, therefore it is important that you make a conscious effort to use different situations as positive teaching moments. Your child will copy you, regardless of what you do. Even when your child is preverbal, he or she will start to recognize words and patterns, so establishing behaviors early helps to build the right responses.

It is also during this time that your child starts to recognize and respond to emotions. The more positive your interaction, the more your child perceives the world as a safe and comforting place. This is essential in teaching your child how to form relationships with others which has far reaching consequences for future relationships with peers, teachers and others.

Play dates are also a great way to socialize your infant, even with siblings. He or she will need to learn the social skills that come from meeting new people. This early socialization will continue when becoming a toddler, where sharing toys, attention and play time is common. Guiding your child in a positive way generates better behavior and allows your child to learn while growing. If you would like to socialize your infant through a bonding activity that teaches an essential skill, try an infant swimming class from SwimKids of Georgia.

At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lawrenceville, we have an accredited program that focuses on cognitive, physical, language and social-emotional development of your infant. Our staff works one-on-one with your infant to create a loving, positive relationship in which your child is open to learning.

For more information, contact us today.

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