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Developing Autonomy

Erikson’s second psychosocial stage, autonomy versus shame and doubt, describes the child’s need for autonomy at a time when many developmental milestones are occurring.  Early childhood caregivers and parents can work together to support children’s development by guiding children with autonomy and developing socially and culturally appropriate behaviors.

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For this discussion, choose one of challenges to overcome in helping children develop autonomy:

  1. Doubt/fear
  2. Mistrust/insecurity
  3. Tantrums
  4. Control/power struggle
  5. Unregulated emotions
  6. Separation anxiety
  7. Stranger anxiety

Compose a sample letter to parents that include the following:

  1. Characteristics of the behavior(s)
  2. A strategy to deal with this particular challenge
  3. Socially appropriate responses and actions to help the child develop autonomy
  4. A recommendation for one resource to help parents learn more

Your response should include at least one outside resource to share with parents, with reference formatted in APA style.

 

Discussion 2

 

Chapter 4 describes children in Erikson’s initiative versus guilt stage as interested in learning about the world, mastering new skills, and making new friends (Wardle, 2013, p. 80).  Reflecting on this, describe in-depth how you can encourage support of these stages in your future role in the early childcare classroom, outdoor environment, and home environment.

For this discussion, your post can be a written narrative addressing the required components, or you can use the template below to organize your ideas.

 Suggestions for Support Learning About the World

 Mastering New Skills  Making New Friends 

In the classroom

In the outdoor environment

In the home

Guided Response:  Review several of your classmates’ charts or narratives.  Choose two of your classmates who included suggestions that you would not use in the classroom.  Explain to your classmates why you would not use their chosen strategy and why you would approach this with a different method.  As a reminder, the Discussion Forum is a venue for academic thoughts.  Please be respectful with your responses.


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