Shawn Bryant on the CHILD Scale

In this session, Shawn discusses the importance of social and emotional learning in early childhood education and introduces a tool called the CHILD Scale (Climate of Healthy Interactions for Learning and Development) that assesses nine dimensions of social and emotional development in both adults and children. Shawn explains each of the nine dimensions and how it can also be adapted for parents and caregivers to use at home.The CHILD scale focuses on meaningful introspection, conversation and action, encouraging adults to be facilitative.
· May 10, 2024

Shawn Bryant is a nationally recognized professional development facilitator who brings 30 years of experience, expertise and commitment to advancing the work of adults involved in the lives of young children. He is a contributing author of the book Trauma-Responsive Family Engagement in Early Childhood Practices for Equity & Resilience, Author of Trauma-Informed Practices for Early Childhood Educators and a facilitator at the ECE Coaching Institute.

Shawn is Director and Principal Consultant with YesToECE on Early Childhood training, coaching and consultancy. He is also the Director of Professional Development for The CHILD Scale at Yale University Child Study Centre, where he coordinates and leads national trainings related to the CHILD Tool for Early Childhood mental health consultants, coaches, assessors, and researchers across disciplines.

Discover The CHILD Scale, a revolutionary observational tool that spotlights the emotional and physical climate adults create for children’s learning and development.

In this insightful session, Shawn shares how The CHILD Scale empowers Early Years professionals to understand and enhance their interactions with children, ultimately fostering a positive, equitable environment conducive to growth.

In this session you’ll:

  • Unravel the nine dimensions of The CHILD Scale, covering aspects like transitions, directions, social-emotional learning, and adult cooperation, providing a comprehensive framework for understanding and improving adult-child interactions.
  • Explore the unique scoring approach of The CHILD Scale, which encourages meaningful conversations and introspection rather than high-stakes assessments, reducing stress and promoting a growth mindset.
  • Discover how The CHILD Scale aligns with trauma-informed practices, emphasizing a strengths-based approach and supporting educators in building resilience and healing in children.
  • Learn about the ABCD framework, an adaptation of The CHILD Scale specifically designed for parents and caregivers, empowering them to create a nurturing home environment.
  • Gain insights into the ongoing refinement and expansion of The CHILD Scale, including the integration of cultural diversity and the development of practice-focused training modules.

Centered on each child’s unique needs and strengths, it provides a thoughtful framework for reflection, conversation, and action. Immerse yourself in this enlightening session to unlock the transformative power of The CHILD Scale and elevate your practice as an early years professional.

This episode was originally broadcast on 21st of July, 2023.

Links: The Power of Showing Up (2020) by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog & What Happened to You 2 Books Collection Set By Bruce D. Perry, Oprah Winfrey

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