Understanding Social Development of Infants
By: Sydney Georges and Tre'Shaun Jackson
*social development- how to interact and learn to express oneself with another.
*how a baby learns social behavior-
+cause and effect- when babies coo and smile they are rewarded with laughter and praise.
+imitation- model the behavior of parents and adults they see throughout their childhood.
+stranger anxiety- most babies need time to understand the anxiety of being around strangers which is why they scream often. This is also a normal part of social development.
+play throughout the first year- play simple games with them like hide and seek or read a book to them.
+exploration- let them explore their world. Sometimes they have to fall and learn what the pain feels like so that they can learn from it.
*Play and explorations help the baby develop socially by letting them use their 5 senses. They play with toys to help them explore the different colors and textures. Encouragement and positive responses from adults motivate and provide a reason for babies to explore and learn.