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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.


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