Serve and Return to Build Baby’s Brain
Date posted: July 21, 2017
Responsive interaction between children and adults build a strong foundation in a child’s brain.
The Harvard Center on the Developing Child outlines five steps for serve and return:
- Notice the serve and share the child’s focus of attention.
- Return the serve by supporting and encouraging.
- Give it a name!
- Take turns … and wait. Keep the interaction going back and forth.
- Practice ending and beginnings.
A guide for parents, describing each step and why it’s important, is available for free download.