HDFS 410 - Promoting Early Socioemotional Development

  • 3 credits

Social and emotional development in children ages 3-8 years, atypical and typical development, developmental theories and models, risk and protective factors, evidenced-based programs, and empirically validated teaching strategies for preventing challenging behaviors and fostering adaptive social skills and emotion regulation.

Course Objectives:
1. Explain and apply theories of social and emotional development in preschool and early elementary-aged children (ages 3-8 years)
2. Summarize and apply research on socialization and socioemotional development during childhood.
3. Synthesize evidence-based practices for young children that help prevent challenging behaviors while fostering adaptive social skills and emotion regulation.
4. Evaluate evidence-based practices for inclusion of young children with socioemotional or behavioral health differences.
5. Summarize information on child maltreatment etiology, outcomes, and intervention and evaluate the effectiveness of child welfare and intervention programs for maltreated youth.


HDFS 310 (Infant and Child Development in Context); HDFS 334 (Family and Parenthood Across the Life Cycle); completion of 60 credit minimum.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Understanding, Preventing, and Responding Effectively, 4th Ed. (2017)
    Kaiser, B. & Rasminsky, J.

E-RESERVE ARTICLES: Additional required readings are made available through the CSU Library Course Reserves system. Please see the course information module for more information on accessing these reading materials.


Abbey Schneider
Abbey Schneider


Abbey Schneider has been an instructor in the Human Development and Family Studies department since 2012. During this time, she has taught courses related to early childhood development and intervention, including those for children with developmental delays. In addition to her work as an instructor at CSU, Abbey provides clinical therapy services at her private practice in Fort Collins as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Infant Mental Health Endorsed provider. Abbey provides services to individuals, couples, and families with specialization in infant and early childhood mental health. Areas of clinical focus include behavioral interventions to promote regulation in young children, early intervention with children with developmental delays and/or trauma, and pregnancy and postpartum related topics. By offering courses closely related to her clinical work, Abbey brings knowledge of real-life application of course topics into her teaching approach and work with students.