Monday, September 16, 2019

Infants (6-18 months)

Developmental Task
To establish an attachment bond with parents.

Characteristics of this Stage
At around 6-9 months, child normally shows separation anxiety and stranger anxiety (which are healthy signs of attachment). Child may show distress in leaving primary caregiver to go with any other person (INCLUDING the other loving parent!)

Signs of Stress
Crying, clinging, fear of being away from parent.

Child Needs
Consistency of schedule. Important not to separate infant from significant person for lengthy periods of time, or to FORCE separations even for short periods of time.