Everyone Needs Attention: Helping Young Children Thrive
Attention seeking is seen as misbehavior in young children, and giving them attention is often times interpreted as reinforcement of bad behavior. In this presentation, we learn how we manage our emotions when children seek our attention. Self-regulation requires small children to go it alone emotionally, and learn not to reach out or lean on adults who care for and educate them. Developing a balance of needing attention and learning to delay gratification can be taught through connection and relationship, not by exclusion and punishment. As we try to sift through appropriate strategies, we first get in touch with how we feel about the child’s attention-seeking behavior: What presses our buttons, what makes us anxious, how does our worldview or mindset affect how we respond? All these factors will influence the strategies we choose to respond to a child’s attention-seeking behavior.
Learn to self-reflect specifically about ways they received (or were not given) attention when they were children
Learn to identify appropriate ways to guide children through learning about self-regulation
Develop a deeper understanding about the importance of our relationships with children
Personal and Professional Development
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Beginner / Intermediate
Family Child Care Providers
Child Care Center Teachers
Child Care Center Directors
Head Start Teachers
Head Start Administrators
Early Head Start Teachers
Service Coordination Staff
Technical Assistance Specialists
Age Group Focus
Infants (birth to 12 months)
Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)
Preschool (36 months to 5 years)
School-Age (5 years to 12 years)
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