social - Emotional development

birth -age 2


  • quality and intensity of emotional reaction
  • passivity is part of temperament and it relates to how actively involved a child is with his or hers surrounding
  • irritability or tendency to feel distressed
  • activity patterns is also part of temperament or levels of movement also vary in infants


  • attachment is the strong emotional connection that develops between people
  • infants attach to people they around most
  • attachment begins early in life
  • separation anxiety is another attachment behavior shown by infant
  • it starts at about 6 months

changes over time

  • three to six months
  • showing excitement by looking alert
  • when they cry there are no tears
  • babies are able to read facial expressions
  • begin to recognize familiar faces
  • shows that they are happy by smiling and cooing