Watch the child’s facial and body reactions to an adult’s or peer’s smiling, laughing, anger, or frustration.
The infant may show frustration when the adult stops playing and smiling. He may look away to “recover” and look back to see if anything has changed.
The infant to stops actions and stares at the adult’s face, showing understanding that the emotional situation has changed. The infant tries to re-engage the adult or peer with reaching.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to watch the child’s change in facial expression as an indicator of what he is seeing on their face. Adults may not realize they are relating flat or negative affect to the child. The infant needs as much positive caring exchange as possible to build trust and security.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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