Social Emotional Development

Birth-age 2


The quality and intensity of emotional reactions.

Passivity- actively involved in their surroundings

Irritability- feel distressed such as: cry easily

Activity patterns- levels of movement vary


Strong emotional connection between people

Such as mothers, fathers, caregivers, or siblings

Separation anxiety- newborn protests a leaving caregiver

By 15 months separation anxiety is strong

Crying and clinging are attachment behaviors

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Birth-3 months

Newborns do not have refined emotions

Distress is shown by crying

Show excitement by looking alert or wiggling

3-6 months

Respond to people with smiles and laughter

Happy sounds when played with

6-12 months

Actively involved with their caregivers

Express happiness, joy and get surprised

Separation anxiety starts to show

Cries when stranger holds them

12-24 months

Become more interested in exploring

Separation anxiety still shown

Interest in other children

Proud to do things on their own

Like to say "no"