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When to Be Concerned With a Developmental Delay

Posted by David Smith on Fri, May 23, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

toddler stage developmentWhat exactly is developmental delay in toddlers? What can be done about? Is it dangerous? What are the signs my child may display that I should be aware of?

These are all legitimate questions parents may ask. Babies go through growth stages, both mentally and physically, in preparation for the next stage, which is becoming a toddler. The growing process continues through to kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and college with each growing phase building on the last.

These "growing stages" are applicable to every age group with certain milestones applicable to each age group. Keep in mind, each child is different and learn and progress at their own pace.

Toddler Stage

  • Learning to walk and talk
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Relate and interact with others
  • Want to be independent
  • Use the word "no" frequently
  • Energetic
  • Become frustrated due to limited language skills and the inability to express themselves

One Year Phase

  • Growing may slow down from what you've seen during the infancy stage
  • Most are walking by alone by 14 months
  • One year old children can walk up steps, stack objects, and scribble with crayons
  • Most are possessive and do not want to share
  • Tantrums are part of everyday life
  • They are extremely curious, self-centered and self-aware
  • Children show more emotions such as jealousy and affection

Two Year Phase

  • Children are comfortable with short sentence structure
  • They are inquisitive
  • Say "no" a lot because they want to do things for themselves
  • Sharing is not on their agenda
  • Become frustrated easier
  • Want to do for themselves and be more independent

Talk to your pediatrician about the stages of growth and development for your child. When you feel your child is ready, consider enrolling him or her at one of the Horizon Education Centers where our programs are all about learning.

Topics: child development, developing skills, toddlers development

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