Observe the infant when feelings are being demonstrated or enacted by others.
If a natural opportunity does not arise, an adult can pretend to be hurt or sad.
Watch for a mirrored affect in the child. The child may also stop and just stare to determine what the adult is doing or feeling.
Explain the importance of giving clear facial and verbal expression for emotions. Children start to experience empathy by reading the adult’s cues and reflecting feelings back. Early childhood educators and parents should verbalize both their own and the child’s emotions so she learns the labels for feelings.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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