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.

  1. Ongoing nurturing relationships
  2. Physical protection, safety, and regulation
  3. Experiences tailored to individual differences
  4. Developmentally appropriate experiences
  5. Limit setting, structure, and expectations
  6. Stable communities and cultural continuity
  7. Adults to protect the future