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Developing Self-Control from 12-24 Months

yellow person and blue hand combinationOne important part of social-emotional development is learning how to handle strong emotions. This article from gives parents and caregivers tips on how to help their toddler learn self-control and manage their feelings.

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This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit this resource in the Neighborhood here.

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colorful feelingsThis useful handout provides tips for creating “predictable, nurturing environment(s),” supporting the development of social skills, and “recognizing and talking about emotions” for three age groups: infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It also includes suggestions for “encouraging positive behaviors and using positive discipline practices” for toddlers and preschoolers.

The suggestions provided are grounded in the field’s ever-expanding knowledge base regarding “social interaction, emotional awareness, and self-regulation” in early childhood. The handout emphasizes the idea that “research shows . . . a strong social and emotional foundation . . . powerfully impacts children’s later positive attitudes and behaviors, academic performance, career path, and adult health outcomes.” It concludes with several profound statements “from a young child’s perspective” that you might find suitable for framing. Check it out today!

This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Rec

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When a family joins Early Start, there is so much important information to share with parents about their child’s development. However, parents are often overwhelmed with forms, handouts, and other paperwork, so it’s easy for information to get lost in the shuffle. This one-page poster is a great tool for parents to help their young child talk about feelings, and its bright and simple design stands out and is easy to use. This poster, titled “Let’s Talk about Feelings,” was developed as part of the US Department of Education’s “Talk, Read, and Sing!” initiative to promote healthy social and emotional development in early childhood. Questions like “How do other people feel?” and “What makes you happy?” help children think about their own feelings and the feelings of others, which is an important part of social and emotional development. You can download the poster in English below.

The poster is part of a social-emotional development toolkit for parents and providers, created by the U.

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One great way to teach young children about feelings and relationships is reading books with them that tackle those topics. We compiled a list of several books for children ages 0-3 that deal with social and emotional issues like managing feelings, being a friend, and solving problems. This handy list can be sorted by title, author, year of publication, age range, and topic, and can easily be downloaded and printed to share with your community. Whether you are a parent of a young child with a disability, or a service provider working with children in Early Start, we hope you find some fun new books to help teach the infant or toddler in your life the important social and emotional skills to set them up for success!

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These are just some of the many books featured on our list!

To find the list of children's books on social-emotional topics, including instructions on how to print the list, click here.

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