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Tiny Hearts, Big Emotions: Cultivating Emotional Learning and Development with Responsive Practices

April 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

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About This Webinar

Developing emotional competence begins at birth. Infants have the capacity to feel comfort or distress and those feelings become more refined and complicated as they grow. Emotional development encompasses regulation, attachment, temperament, identity formation, and emotional expression within the context of one’s culture. In partnership with families, caregivers can nurture a child’s emotional learning and development with warm, nurturing, responsive practices during daily interactions. In this webinar we will discuss the components of emotional intelligence and practices that support development in this area which impacts later relationships, learning, and other areas of development.

Learning Objectives:
In this webinar we will:
1. Identify temperament styles and how temperament affects attachment and relationships with adults.
2. Describe the role that relationships play in self-regulation and the formation of identity.
3. Distinguish between the cultural differences and how emotional expressions are used for communication.
4. Identify promotion, prevention, and intervention strategies to promote emotional learning and development.


Image of Dr. LaShorage Shaffer, presenter, a black female smiling wearing a green business suit

Dr. LaShorage Shaffer

Dr. Shaffer has worked in early childhood/early childhood special education for over 20 years.  She earned her doctorate in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, Dr. Shaffer is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the Department of Education, joining the faculty in 2011.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

Continuing Education
  • Early Interventionists and Early Childhood Educators: This webinar offers CE credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois
  • Illinois Early Care & Education Providers: This webinar is a Gateways to Opportunity Registry-approved Training for early care and education professionals in Illinois.
  • Certified Family Life Educators: Approval to provide 1.5 Continuing Education Credits for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program from the National Council on Family Relations has been received.
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Professionals: An application to provide 1.5 PDUs towards CFCS from the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences has been received.
  • Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists:  Approval to provide 1.5 CE credits for Social Work, LPCs, and LMFTs from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work has been received. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK
  • Certificate of attendance

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April 2
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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Webinar ID: 8948 7753 655
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