Watch the child’s facial and body reactions to the adult’s smiling, laughing, anger, or frustration.
An adult can feign frustration or disgust in a play situation with the infant.
The infant searches the adults face (eyes and mouth) for clues to how she should react.
Children and adults both learn to read each other’s cues from facial, body, and vocal expression. If adults do not give clear, readable cues the infant may have a harder time determining affect. Encourage parents to give clear cues with facial expression, vocal intonation, and gestures.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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