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Socioemotional Development

  • By: Scott Gentzke
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

For all children, deaf or hearing, it is widely known that creating opportunities for positive and healthy socioemotional development (sometimes also referred to as social-emotional development) is necessary to help them become successful members of society. Socioemotional development is the process in which children begin to develop a sense of self, become aware of their feelings and how to express them, interact with their immediate environment, and, most significantly, develop coping mechanisms when faced with stress. Children who experience healthy socioemotional development are more likely to interact and develop positive connections with other children as well as adults. For each individual, his or her socioemotional development is greatly shaped by his or her own personality, family influences, education, cultural norms, and so on. However, with ...

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