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Introduction I 9 attitudes and actions toward toddlers is the starting point for improving your role as a toddler teacher and making sure your interactions are positive and intentional. Always Usually Sometimes Never 2 I realize that toddlers learn best through play, and my role as a teacher is to support their play. Always Usually Sometimes Never 3 I understand that the speech development of toddlers varies. Always Usually Sometimes Never 4 I pay great attention to toddlers who are having difficulty separating because I understand that their fears are real and often intense. Always Usually Sometimes Never 5 I help toddlers nap when they are sleepy and do not expect them to wait until predetermined naptimes. Always Usually Sometimes Never 6 I am patient and encouraging when toddlers show signs of toilet readiness. Always Usually Sometimes Never 7 I help toddlers learn by offering them many opportunities to explore and by responding to their interests and curiosity. Always Usually Sometimes Never 8 I understand that discipline is not about punishment but about guid- ing toddlers to make safe choices and act in socially acceptable ways. Always Usually Sometimes Never Seven Steps to Understanding Toddlers Refer back to your completed self-assessment form as you explore the seven steps to understanding toddlers. Whether you are on your own, reading and working at your leisure, or training with a group, you’ll gain practical infor- mation you can use in the classroom and techniques for developing better interactions and relationships with toddlers and twos. Let’s get started. understanding toddlers and twos 1 I think toddlers are capable of doing many things.