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Reflections on Mirror Play with Infants and Toddlers

    Having compassion and vision helps one to seek out opportunities and also create opportunities. That is what we are. Creators! My interest in Self-representation and Mirror Play was first sparked when my SLP team brought the National Read Aloud 15 Minutes Campaign to Central Florida. The campaign challenges Parents to read aloud to their children (ages Birth-age 8) everyday for 15 minutes. Sounds great, right? We collected and gave away hundreds of books, served pizza and spread the word about the need and benefits of reading to your children. I felt that something was missing. I felt as if we were jumping to step 4 in a series. What were the preceding steps? I began to collaborate with Head Start organizations. We noticed an ever-growing trend of Parents with decreased meaningful verbal communication with their children for the first 0-5 years of their life. I started to research early literacy and early cognitive milestones. Today, I will focus on Mirror Play as a viable tool for the development of Self-recognition and Self-Representation in children. We will discuss the: -Research (many found in Psychiatric and Psychology journals) regarding Self-representation and self-recognition -norms regarding Self-representation and Self-recognition -The behaviors that follow the proper development of self-representation and self-recognition -Implications of the Research -My experience in presenting to Parent groups regarding mirror play -Everyday ways to incorporate Mirror Play in various age groups Defintions: Self-Recognition-recognition of one's own self Self-Representation- self-view, self-image,self-schema, self-concept, self-awareness Philosopher and psychologist William James (1842–1910) was one of the first to postulate a theory of the self in The Principles of Psychology. James described two aspects of the self that he termed the “I Self” and “Me Self.” The I Self