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Gryphon House Releases From Biting to Hugging: Understanding Social Development in Infants and Toddlers

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announces From Biting to Hugging: Understanding Social Development in Infants and Toddlers, a resource book providing strategies to encourage social-emotional development and learning.

Infants and toddlers are spending more time together in early care and learning programs and family child-care homes. Authors Donna Wittmer, PhD, and Deanna W. Clauson offer effective ways to navigate and leverage this increased peer time.

"We see an incredible learning opportunity with the rise in early care and learning programs," said Dr. Wittmer. "Our book details ways caregivers can create responsive adult-child relationships and environments that enhance the quality of infant and toddler peer experiences. Our goal is to help teachers ensure that the children feel safe, secure, loved and happy."

Ideal for educators of children ages birth through three, From Biting to Hugging features effective strategies to teach infants and toddlers how to be in healthy, enjoyable relationships. The book specifies possible challenges and conflicts for each stage of learning, with corresponding strategies to teach prosocial behaviors.

From Biting to Hugging: Understanding Social Development in Infants and Toddlers will be widely available May 1, 2018. The book is available for preorder now. To request a free excerpt or e-galley copy, contact

ISBN 978-0-87659-740-8; 192 pp.; PB and e-book; $24.95.

About the Authors

Donna Wittmer, PhD, taught early childhood and early childhood special education in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado, Denver for 17 years. She earned her doctorate in child, family, and community studies at Syracuse University. She has written dozens of articles and books on early childhood development and is a sought-after speaker and presenter.

Deanna W. Clauson is a freelance writer. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She writes articles, essays, grant applications, web-marketing content, and case studies. She serves on the boards of directors for several educational organizations.

About Gryphon House, Inc.

Gryphon House, Inc., is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Filled with developmentally appropriate and easy-to-use strategies, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children.

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