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Poster presented at the 2023 SWOSU Research and Scholarly Activity fair.

Pictured here is student Shasta Rossetter.

Optimal child development is dependent on healthy relationships with adults. Finding the one-on-one time needed to foster meaningful relationships is challenging in childcare settings. Baby Dool Circle Time is an approach that strengthens attachment, attunement, and social play. Baby Doll Circle time is a time when the children and teachers gather in a circle and do different rituals that encourage empathy, impulse control/ emotional regulation, self-regulation, and other social-emotional skills, with a baby doll. This research explores Baby Doll Circle Time's influence on the development of impulse control/ emotional regulation, empathy, and self-regulation in a Head Start classroom in a midwestern urban city.


SWOSU Research, Research fair, Baby doll, Early development, Impulse control, Impulsiveness, Self-regulation, Empathy, Development