Serve and Return to Build Baby’s Brain

Serve and Return to Build Baby’s Brain

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:

  1. Notice the serve and share the child’s focus of attention.
  2. Return the serve by supporting and encouraging.
  3. Give it a name!
  4. Take turns … and wait. Keep the interaction going back and forth.
  5. Practice ending and beginnings.

A guide for parents, describing each step and why it’s important, is available for free download.

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