Responsive exchanges with children

  • Caitlyn

    January 3, 2023 at 9:20 pm

    Responsive exchanges can look like unstructured play or conversation guided by the childs interests. Noticing and stating what you observe the child doing and encouraging them to explore the thoughts behaviors that are interesting to them. Quick and positive responses to feelings, behaviors, and thoughts of the child to let them know they are supported and you are interested and engaged with their process.

  • DCYF

    January 4, 2023 at 6:22 pm


  • Alexis

    January 5, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    Helping children through positive and negative exchanges helps develop trusting caring relationships. Babies and young children model behaviors of their family members and care providers. This is why we need to have good behavior and have compassion with children. When we are stressed, it can affect children which is why we should practice coping exercises. When we are able to manage stress, we can interact better and handle challenges effectively. We can also teach children some coping exercises for stress like deep breathing. Attending to children when they need help or when they are upset is one of the best things that shows them that they can trust you. Acknowledging them and using good body language like making eye contact when talking is an indicator that we can practice to let kids know that we are willing to listen. Also providing comfort when they are upset can let them know that this is a safe person to come to with challenging emotions, we can trust them.

  • Olivia

    January 5, 2023 at 11:45 pm

    Listen to and engage with the children. If you’re busy, left them know you’ll be right with them and then actually follow through. Build a trusting and healthy relationship between you and the kids.

  • Ashley

    January 14, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    I will use an actual example: just this week I had a little girl swing around a heavy block of wood on a string, it hit me in the face. I did not yell at her, I explained to her how to use the toy and told her it wasn’t for swinging around. She swung it again and hit me with it a second time, I again did not yell at her or put her in time-out, instead I asked her to see the toy, placed the hard piece of wood in her hand and asked, “can you feel how hard and solid this is?” she nodded, then I went on to explain how swinging it around can cause pain to another person. She understood and stopped swinging it around.

  • Robyn

    January 17, 2023 at 1:02 am

    Talking with children during their challenging moments to help them problem solve. Also being supportive and creating space for them to talk through their feelings. Making sure the environment is warm, comforting, and clean..

  • Sophia

    January 17, 2023 at 8:19 pm

    Listen to what children say and practice “serve and return”. Engage with the content that children are sharing and relate back to them or ask questions. If a child tells you their favorite animal is a horse, you could say “my favorite color horse is brown. What colors do you like?”

  • Sarah

    January 18, 2023 at 6:31 pm

    Get down on their level when they are trying to talk to you. be conscious of your word choices if they are displaying a behavior that you do not appreciate or causes a safety issue.

  • Alexis

    January 23, 2023 at 11:51 pm

    Listening to the child while talking, Acknowledging their responses when responding

  • Kaitlyn

    January 24, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    Ensuring that the children know that they are seen and heard. Positive exchanges during activities and everyday conversation with children is very important.

  • Jiwan

    January 25, 2023 at 9:01 pm

    some examples of responsive exchange could be to listen to the child when they are talking, acknowledge them even if you are busy and let them know you will give them your full attention in a minute. provide them with safe, supportive and loving environment. Help them work through their emotions.

  • Marlana

    January 25, 2023 at 9:46 pm

    Making sure they stay engaged with activities like art, music, playing outside, whether it is with the group or giving extra support to a child who might need one-on-one time to get to know what might be bothering them and what kind of things they might like to do for fun!

  • AJ

    January 26, 2023 at 12:40 am

    Listening, being at eye level, playing with them, and having back and forth exchanges are all responsive exchanges that happen every day with the children

  • Francisca

    January 27, 2023 at 2:38 am

    Responsive exchanges would be socializing, talking, drawings, playing and singing. These characteristic would help me engage better with the child

  • Ella Christiansen

    January 28, 2023 at 2:39 am

    Using the serve and return method. By reacting with a positive demeanor making them feel safe and comfortable. When a child is dropped off and is sad that mom/dad is leaving we need to show them they you are there for them by offering a lap to sit on and a hug too. Involving them in daily tasks as a teacher helper is a good way to interact and create a trusting bond.

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