Observe the child during daily routines, as the adult expresses happiness, frustration, worry, anger, etc.
No elicitation needed, though the adult can be asked to portray certain emotions as specific times, if this is not done naturally.
The child’s facial expressions will change based on the adult’s facial expression and vocal tone. The child may also look at the adult’s face to see his expression after doing something.
Help early childhood educators and parents understand that infants read their facial, verbal, and physical cues as having meaning. They need to be aware that their sadness or anger about something during the day has an impact on the child’s emotions. Just as the baby’s mood influences the adult’s emotions, the same is true for infants.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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