Emotional Attachment Milestones

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Social Emotional Attachment Milestones

Attachment for a Child with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Toddlers

A child’s emotional well-being is a stepping stone to their overall progress in creating and maintaining relationships. The well-being of a toddler determines how they interact with others. Social Emotional development is a process that children undergo to be able to learn how to deal with their emotions and behavior in a healthy manner. The 3 milestones identified in this newsletter involve a child’s positive interaction with peers, creativity in their playtime such as imitation, and trust a parent will satisfy their needs despite their hearing issues (Wittmer, 2011, p 2). A student sample: Click here to ORDER NOW

Concerning Behaviors

1.      Does not show interest in other children.

  • This behavior may include the child playing by themselves, not interacting with those around them, or does not care to build relationships with others.

2.      Loses attention on a certain activity or subject quickly.

  • This behavior may include a short attention span and/or often has the caregiver or educator give the child extra attention for their focus.

3.      If a child suffers from separation anxiety that results in a difficulty in daily tasks.

  • This behavior is concerning when a child is unable to do anything without caregiver by their side or if they are inconsolable even after caregiver has left.

4.      Doesn’t imitate other people.

This behavior is concerning because Imitation in child determines their imagination, development in play skills, affects how they play with peers, and/or is a factor to their language development. A student sample: Click here to ORDER NOW

Strategies to Support Secure Attachments

It is first important to understand your child’s unique way of understanding the world (Rothbart, 1989). This is a step to helping tend to their needs and help strengthen their impairment. As a parent, three strategies to help support secure attachments with your child with DHH are:

1.      Nurturing and responsive interactions with child.

Ø  This strategy can help with children develop and help maintain healthy relationships and can be done in every day manners with your own child.

2.      Recognizing their development and making them aware of their success.

Ø  This strategy can be implemented when a child does well. Allowing the child to be aware that they are growing, and learning will help them reach their potential.

3.      Finding a way to have them adapt to new environments.

Ø  This strategy can help children overcome or even avoid separation anxiety from caregiver or parent. Introducing them to new environments little by little will help them become more aware of new surroundings and people.

4.      Helping them feel safe.

Ø  This simple strategy is crucial to a child’s social and emotional development. This can be done with simple touches and interactions with the child. Making a child feel safe can allow them to build and have a sense of control in their life.

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Toddler Developmental Milestones. (n.d.).


Infants & Toddlers Social & Emotional Development Social-Emotional Development: Infants And Toddlers. (n.d.).


Ivarsson, T. (2012). Nordic Long-term Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) Treatment Study.

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