Young Children Learning through Positive Risk

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.
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