- 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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