Toddler: Communicating and Speaking

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Smiling Toddler

When children learn to say the word “no” they often practice saying it a lot. When children learn to say or communicate “yes” and “no,” they illustrate developmental progress in communicating and speaking. Below are some additional indicators of progress as well as some quick tips on how you can help support a child’s development in this area. Age: 18-36 … Read More

Older Infant: Communicating and Speaking

Nate McCallisterOlder Infant, Quick Tips

To watch a child smile, crawl, roll, or stand for the first time is a joy. Included in these classic milestones is the infant wave. Many older infants begin to wave goodbye and make other similar gestures as they develop. This points to their progressing ability to communicate. There are things that you can do to support this development. Below … Read More

Younger Infant: Communicating and Speaking

Nate McCallisterQuick Tips, Younger Infant

Mom-Talking-to-Young-Infant

Ever get the feeling your seven month old infant is talking to you? Well, young infants do talk. Sort of. Even as young infants, children begin to develop vocal communication skills. Some examples of progress in this area follow as well as some strategies you can use to support this development. Age: 0-8 Months Domain: Language Development and Communication Sub-domain: … Read More

Toddler: Listening and Understanding

Nate McCallisterQuick Tips, Toddler

Smiling Toddler

For many, it is a joy to watch toddler’s language and communication skills emerge. It is essential that children develop these skills. As their ability to communicate improves so does their ability to influence others. Which, in turn, helps nurture other areas of development as well. Below are some examples of progress in this area and some tips you can … Read More

Older Infant: Listening and Understanding

Nate McCallisterOlder Infant, Quick Tips

Infant hand cupping ear.

One thing we can do to help older infants develop their ability to listen and understand is shush up. At times, instead of waiting for a child to respond to our words, we assume they can’t and we continue talking instead of pausing to wait for a response. Often, however, if we wait a few moments, the child will respond. … Read More

Younger Infant: Listening and Understanding

Nate McCallisterQuick Tips, Younger Infant

Dad-Feeding-Baby

“I put the spoon in the cereal. I scoop the cereal. Here comes the cereal,” Dad says to baby as the child opens her mouth to scarf down the scoop. To talk through routines like this with infants may seem silly at first, but when we do, we help them increase their capacity to listen and understand. The ability to … Read More

Toddler: Relationships With Other Children

Nate McCallisterQuick Tips, Toddler

Toddler-Cleaning-Floor

Did you almost slip and fall on your extra slick floor with the new mysterious sheen recently? Perhaps your toddler has been cleaning again. At this age toddlers begin to emulate roles they see others in. They may see you vacuum, dust, or mow the lawn and then do the same. These new found “skills” (don’t worry we’ll work on honing … Read More

Older Infant: Relationships With Other Children

Nate McCallisterOlder Infant, Quick Tips

Older infant talking on phone.

Be on the lookout for rising mobile phone bills if your plan fails to cover unlimited imaginary minutes. Older infants enjoy pretending to talk on the phone. They use toy phones–sometimes real phones–to talk to friends, family, and fictitious characters. This indicates progress in their ability to develop relationships with other children. More examples of progress and quick tips to … Read More

Younger Infant: Relationships With Other Children

Nate McCallisterQuick Tips, Younger Infant

One infant pulls another infants shirt as he leans forward.

Ever notice how when one infant starts to cry, other infants nearby cry too? No, it’s not your imagination. It happens. Though, these sympathy cries threaten to overwork eardrums, they can be a good sign. When infants cry upon hearing others cry, it shows they’re making progress toward developing relationships with other children. Below are some other examples of progress … Read More

Older Infant: Self-Regulation

Nate McCallisterOlder Infant, Quick Tips

Older infant drinking from bottle.

Self-regulation is an important part of social emotional development for infants. Healthy relationships are the cornerstone for progress in this domain. At this stage, children begin to understand limitations, start to show an ability to manage own behavior, become increasingly independent, and even develop stress management techniques. Age: 8-18 Months Domain: Social Emotional Development Sub-domain: Self-Regulation Progress and Support Older … Read More