The ability to recognize and avoid harmful situations, or risks, is necessary to survival. Risk is perceived differently for a variety of reasons. There are many benefits to be gained from taking appropriate risks during the course of development, in particular, the early years of life. Participants will:
- Self-assess and explore risk perception through the lens of individual differences and global perspectives
- Consider research based benefits of risk in the development of physical, cognitive, and social skills
- Learn how to support children as they take appropriate physical risks in every day play and planned learning experiences
- Learn strategies to encourage children as they initiate and participate in cognitive risk-taking behaviors
- Be able to provide children with guidance in their social risk-taking behaviors that are developmentally and temperamental appropriate.