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Responsive Teaching

Responsive teaching is a comprehensive parent-mediated intervention for children from birth to 6 years of age who have, or are at-risk for, child development and social emotional problems.

Responsive teaching is designed to address the following issues

  • Cognition: To enhance children's ability to perceive, know, reason, and make choices and to use of these competencies in everyday routines.
  • Language/Communication: To enhance children's ability to engage in conversational exchanges in which they express their observations, feelings and needs and respond to the requests, feelings and observations of others.
  • Social-Emotional Functioning: To enhance children's social and emotional well being so that they feel secure and capable of adjusting to the demands of family life and routine interactions.

Responsive teaching is designed to be delivered by parents and/or appropriate professionals.

Responsive teaching was developed by Gerald Mahoney and James MacDonald.

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