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Crying and Laughing: The Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Crying and Laughing: The Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers

Presented by Donna Sasse Wittmer, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emerita of Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education, University of Colorado Denver, Author, and Consultant

Sponsored by Gryphon House

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Emotional health is critical to the development of young children. These are emotionally challenging times for young children, infant and toddler professionals, and families that require specialized knowledge on how to help young children and ourselves express emotions in healthy ways. In this edWebinar, Donna Sasse Wittmer, Ph.D. provides ten keys that early childhood professionals can use to support infant and toddler emotional development and learning. When these keys are used, they are the foundation for helping children develop emotional competence.

This edWebinar emphasizes the knowledge and skills that enable you to be a compassionate infant and toddler professional who provides the emotional nourishment that young children need and who supports children’s emotional well-being. Educators will learn how to:

  • Understand the power of emotions and the importance of relationships
  • Know the goals for children’s emotional competence
  • Understand brain development and the importance of emotional competence
  • Know how and when children develop their emotional skills
  • Use relationship-building strategies that support emotional competence
  • Use teacher-child interaction strategies to build emotional competence
  • Craft an emotionally rich, caring curriculum and environment
  • Learn strategies to support children’s feelings and temperaments
  • Understand the different types of emotional stress
  • Know and appreciate your importance

This edWebinar will be of interest to pre-K teachers and school leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Donna WittmerAbout the Presenter

Donna Wittmer received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1985. She taught classes at Syracuse University in child and family studies and then was a professor of early childhood and early childhood special education at the University of Colorado Denver for 17 years. Dr. Wittmer is a fellow of ZERO TO THREE since 1982. She is a coauthor of the books, Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning (4th Ed.), Endless Possibilities, (2nd Ed.), and The Young Child from Birth to 8 (7th Ed.), all published by Pearson. She and Deanna Clauson are also the authors of the books, From Biting to Hugging and Crying and Laughing, published by Gryphon House. She has presented at numerous NAEYC and ZERO TO THREE conferences.


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