The earliest interactions between infants and caregivers start at birth and are based on direct, body-to-body interactions; they are not object-centered. Recent research shows that these interactions build trust and a sense of connection and are essential for a child’s subsequent development across all areas.
Dr. Lilli Nielsen’s Active Learning approach has been ground-breaking in guiding work with children at early stages of development. Her research was centered around how young children interact with objects and their environments. Her strategies do not focus on body-to-body interactions.
During this hour we will be discussing how these earliest interactional strategies can be integrated into an Active Learning approach.