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Get Down on Eye Level

Age: 0-5

Applicable To: Groups or Individuals

CAPPD Concepts: Attuned, present

What It Is: When interacting with –or especially, speaking with – children, make sure you are on eye level with them and make regular eye contact with them. For babies, this means getting close to the child so they can make eye contact—it might mean lying on the floor with the baby, or holding the baby at the adult’s eye level,

Why It Helps: Being on the same physical level as you can help children feel safer, more in control, and more connected to you. It communicates to them that you are there for them and really paying attention to them.