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Mirrors as a Learning Tool

In seeing their reflection children begin to develop a sense of self and perspective.
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The use of mirrors in our classroom or at home as an educational and developmental tool is important in a child’s social development as well as to teach self-recognition. As babies, we start to develop a sense of self through our interactions in which our caregivers mirror or imitate our movements and emotional expressions and respond to us in ways that give us feedback that we are separate from them, and that our behaviour creates a reaction in the people closest to us. Most research into the benefits of using mirrors as a learning tool is thanks to the work of psychiatrist, Jacques Lacan. According to Lacan, the Mirror Stage is said to be from the ages six to eighteen months old. During this period children begin to recognize the “self” as the image she or he sees in the mirror.

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