Offer information; “say what you know”
Kim is sitting on the floor with three babies. When an infant stops to trace
with a finger or look more closely at a picture, Kim offers information:
“Sally, you’re pointing at the dog....The dog says, ‘woof-woof.’I know you
have a doggy at home.” Sally looks intently at Kim, who continues, “Your
dog is named Rags!” Sally immediately grins, looking back to the picture of
the dog. Sally’s family has included Rags in the family photos from home,
so Kim points out that photo too. Kim can also make sure that there are
books featuring dogs in the infant room and offer them to Sally later. Now
Sally has moved to the mirror and leans over to kiss the image. “That’s
Sally in the mirror,” Kim comments. She moves to include herself in the
mirror. Sally looks intently from the image to the real person.
Note how the caregiver responds to Sally’s interest in the picture of a dog
by offering more information and planning to extend that interest later
through books. Sally’s self-awareness is strengthened by having the care-
giver name her image in the mirror.