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SPCL 7804 Human Development: Session 7: Unit 2 – The Early Years, continued

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for Professor Elizalde-Utnick's SPCL 7804 course.

Videos: Self-concept in preschoolers

Video: Behavioral regulation in the preschool years

It depends on two cognitive and emotional advances – representational thought and emotional response to wrongdoing (reference link).

Video: Developing empathy


In this session we will explore psychosocial development in early childhood. In particular, we will look at: the emerging self and socialization; parenting styles across cultures; and play development. We will begin with a quiz on the assigned reading and then discuss the material and engage in application activities.


Text Ch. 4, pp.133-146 (Library linkPDF link)


Consider your own developing self. Describe your parent(s)’ parenting style. Continue gathering data from your early childhood. What were your play behaviors like?

Application Activity: Exploring Parenting Style and Attachment

  1. Describe your parents’ parenting style(s)
  2. What about your level of attachment as a child? Securely attached? Anxious ambivalent? Avoidant?
  3. Describe the perfect parenting style in your own point of view.

Video: Helping young children to self-regulate

Video: Exploring Parenting Styles