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Tiny Hearts, Big Emotions: Cultivating Emotional Learning & Development with Responsive Practices

Tiny Hearts, Big Emotions: Cultivating Emotional Learning & Development with Responsive Practices

About This Webinar:

Developing emotional competence begins at birth. Infants have the capacity to feel comfort or distress and those feelings become more refined and complicated as they grow. Emotional development encompasses regulation, attachment, temperament, identity formation, and emotional expression within the context of one’s culture. In partnership with families, caregivers can nurture a child’s emotional learning and development with warm, nurturing, responsive practices during daily interactions. In this webinar we will discuss the components of emotional intelligence and practices that support development in this area which impacts later relationships, learning, and other areas of development.

Learning Objectives:
In this webinar, we will:
1. Identify temperament styles and how temperament affects attachment and relationships with adults.
2. Describe the role that relationships play in self-regulation and the formation of identity.
3. Distinguish between the cultural differences and how emotional expressions are used for communication.
4. Identify promotion, prevention, and intervention strategies to promote emotional learning and development.


Dr. LaShorage Shaffer

Dr. Shaffer has worked in early childhood/early childhood special education for over 20 years.  She earned her doctorate in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, Dr. Shaffer is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the Department of Education, joining the faculty in 2011.

Continuing education credit is available.

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