Recent studies tell us that emotional development begins early in life and is critical of the development of overall brain architecture. It’s already known that right from birth, children develop fast abilities to experience and express various emotions and their capacity to manage a wide variety of feelings.
Nonetheless, emotional development is less recognized as a core emerging capacity in the early childhood period of time. Scientists tell us that the core features of emotional development include the ability to understand one’s feelings and thoughts, to identify them and also to comprehend them emotional states in other people.
Emotional development is built into the architecture of young children’s brains as a response to their individual experiences in the environments in which they lived. It seems that emotions are implied in many regions of the central nervous system.
Additionally, the emotional experiences of newborns and young infants start to develop right during when they interact with caregivers, such as holding, comforting and feeding.
Almost when they finish the preschool years, children with a strong emotional foundation are able to talk about various things, anticipate and the their awareness to manage daily social interactions. Thus, they’re able to better manage everyday problems and interactions.
When emotions and feelings are not well expressed and managed, thinking can become impaired. Even it may seem awkward, young children are capable of very deep and intense feelings of sadness, anxiety, grief, anger, but also joy and happiness.
Although is old news that young children have feelings, but now the extent to which they can experience deep emotional pain as a results of early losses and traumas in their lives. Nevertheless, the fact that prolonged emotional distress affects the architecture of a young child’s brain should raise questions for the society in which we live.
Therefore, focus on various skills shouldn’t be the only one purpose. There should also be a focus on emotional and social development. Additionally, child-welfare agencies that investigate suspected and neglected children, should include a complex assessment of the child’s developmental status, such as linguistic, emotional and social competence.