Observe the child in a classroom or with a group of familiar children. See with whom the child chooses to play when given the opportunity.
No elicitation required.
The child chooses to play with preferred (probably same gender) peers. The child also prefers not to go to an adult for a solution to a problem, but rather argues and negotiates.
The development of friendships is an important milestone for children. Early childhood educators and parents can support this by providing opportunities for friendships to develop. Support early childhood educators and parents in learning how to encourage independent conflict resolution giving them the ideas and words to use, such as, “What are some ways you can solve your problem? You two come up with several solutions.”
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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