Irreducible needs are the needs of children that are absolutely necessary for them to survive and thrive. Brazelton and Greenspan (2000) emphasize that when the following seven needs are met, a child will grow, learn, and flourish.
- Ongoing nurturing relationships
- Physical protection, safety, and regulation
- Experiences tailored to individual differences
- Developmentally appropriate experiences
- Limit setting, structure, and expectations
- Stable communities and cultural continuity
- Adults to protect the future
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