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Observing, Understanding, Responding: Observation as a path to empathy

Liz Hagerman

Saturday April 24, 2021 9am-12:30 EST (starts at 8am Central/7am Mountain/6am Pacific)


Observing, Understanding, Responding: Observation as a path to empathy

In this workshop, through presentation, experientials, and sharing, participants will get an introduction to the idea of continuous observation— the “attitude of observation” while working with infants and young children.

Dr. Emmi Pikler, a pediatrician working in Budapest in the mid 20th century, developed a revolutionary approach to working with children that included allowing free movement and sensitive, attuned caregiving. Embedded in her approach was the use of observation. Dr. Pikler emphasized her conviction that if we pay attention sufficiently, trust in the child and give her time, then we can understand her signals. With this attentive attitude, we make the infant competent to express herself, supporting a more authentic relationship.

Applying Emmi Pikler’s ideas about observation, along with insights from Waldorf early childhood education, participants in this workshop will deepen their skills and knowledge of infant and young child observation to be able to better provide peaceful and respectful care to very young children.

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