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Attachment: What Works? A new brief from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), What Works Brief #24 - Attachment: What Works? (2011), by Donna Wittmer, explores the importance of infants and toddlers experiencing secure attachment relationships with the key adults in their lives, explains secure and insecure attachment, notes cultural differences in attachment, and provides specific strategies to promote children's secure attachments. Document
Attachment: Why It is Important to the Early Educator( Part 1) The CICC begins a 3-part series on attachment of infants and toddlers and the role that early educators play in this important emotional milestone. Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel welcome Dea Anderson as a guest speaker on the topic of attachment as we discuss the responsive relationship between caregiver and child. Podcast
Autism A.L.A.R.M. Handout about autism screening and general information Document
Autism Spectrum Disorder Definitions, characteristics and strategies to include young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tipsheet
Autism Treatment Center of America The Autism Treatment Center of America teaches parents and professionals caring for children and adults challenged by Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), and all other developmental difficulties how to design and implement home-based/child-centered programs enabling their children to dramatically improve in all areas of learning, development, communication and skill acquisition. Website
Babies Make the Link Between Vocal and Facial Emotion The ability of babies to differentiate emotional expressions appears to develop during their first six months. Researchers from the University of Geneva have just provided an initial answer to this question, measuring the ability of six-month-old babies to make a connection between a voice and the emotional expression on a face. Document
Babies Prefer to Hear "Baby Talk" From Other Babies When babies hear sounds from other babies, they smile and move their mouths, almost as if they know this is a sound that they could try to make themselves. Website
Babies Use Their Tongues to Understand Speech A study from the University of British Columbia established the first direct link between babies' oral motor skills (the movement of the tongue, lips, and other parts of the mouth) and their ability to understand speech. Read more to learn that when infants can't move their mouths to mimic sounds, they have a harder time processing those sounds. Website
Babies' babbles reflect their own involvement in language development Babies' repetitive babbles, such as 'dada' or 'baba,' are primarily motivated by infants' ability to hear themselves talk, say researchers. Infants with profound hearing loss who received cochlear implants to improve their hearing soon babbled as often as their hearing peers, allowing them to catch up developmentally. Website
Babies' Brains Learn Speech Months Before Their First Words [STUDY] Research out of the University of Washington finds that speech sounds stimulate babies' brains to help them learn how to form words--before they even start speaking. Website