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with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

Multiple Tips for the Toddler Years

  • When working with (or parenting) a toddler, keep in mind the typical areas of development such as those identified by MedlinePlus:
    • Gross motor – walking, running, climbing
    • Fine motor – feeding themselves, drawing
    • Sensory – seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling
    • Language – saying single words, then sentences
    • Social – playing with others, taking turns, doing fantasy play
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide an amazing document of typical child development in the early years. Click here for a PDF document from the CDC. It outlines basic developmental milestones.
  • Here are some tips on promoting speech and language from the American Speech and Language Hearing Association. Just a few of the examples provided include:
    • Encourage your baby to make vowel-like and consonant-vowel sounds such as “ma,” “da,” and “ba.”
    • Reinforce attempts by maintaining eye contact, responding with speech, and imitating vocalizations using different patterns and emphasis. For example, raise the pitch of your voice to indicate a question.
    • Imitate your baby’s laughter and facial expressions.


  • What is separation anxiety and strategies to help a child cope with it. See KidsHealth for more information.
    • Some strategies you can use to address separation anxiety include following through with what you say, remaining calm, and providing reinforcement for improved behavior in the situations that trigger the child’s anxiety.


  • Toddlers learn through play, so encourage this activity as much as possible. See Kids Health for more information about the importance of play.

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Multiple Tips for the Toddler Years

APA Reference
Gilmore, H. (2017). Multiple Tips for the Toddler Years. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 27, 2019, from