THE IMPACT OF EARLY RELATIONSHIPS ON FUTURE LITERACY AND LEARNING
Authors: Robin A. Wells
Abstract: The importance of early learning experiences and stimulation for infants/toddlers and preschoolers cannot be minimized. The impact of social/emotional relationships on brain development has been documented in the field of early childhood and early childhood special education. Positive interactions between infants/toddlers and their parents/caregivers have an impact on future learning. Parents, caregivers, and educators play an essential role in the brain development, social/emotional skills, and learning of young children. This chapter will identify and discuss (1) early experiences which occur pre-and post-natally which are essential in brain development and impact future learning, (2) specific relational strategies/activities which are critical in promoting emergent literacy skills in infants/toddlers and young children, and (3) early indices of emergent literacy strengths/challenges.