As your child begins to grow it is expected you have worries. As a parent you worry if they are growing up too fast, not fast enough. You worry about if they are eating enough meat, fruits and vegetables. Another fear you may have are if your young child is reaching his or her milestones. I want to introduce you to a program that will help you to know if your child is hitting milestones at the right time. It also provides invaluable checklists, videos, and activity ideas will set your mind at ease, letting you when to expect important developmental milestone as well as what to do if you have any concerns.
This post is made possible with support from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program. All opinions are my own.
Let’s take some time and explore the age of a two year old.
What most children do Socially and Emotionally by this age:
*Copies others, especially adults and older children
*Gets excited when with other children
*Show more and more independence
*Shows defiant behavior (doing what he has been told not to)
*Plays mainly beside other children, but is beginning to include other children, such as in chase games Language/Communication
My nephew and son get so excited when they see each other. Once my nephew comes over it is followed by hugs and a few jumps from each of them. They then proceed upstairs o play with various toys. I truly feel they are both growing well in this particular area!
The next area is Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving). From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website I learned so much!
For example at this age they should:
*Find things even when hidden under two or three covers
*Begins to sort shapes and colors
*Completes sentences and rhymes in familiar books
*Plays simple make-believe games
*Builds towers of 4 or more blocks Might use one hand more than the other Follows two-step instructions such as “Pick up your shoes and put them in the closet.”
*Names items in a picture book such as a cat, bird, or dog
Both of my little one’s enjoy colors, coloring, shapes and talking. Once they figure out words have power they will chat your ear off. I LOVE this age!! Luckily, I feel they are both on the right track from what I have been researching and reading on the site.
What if you are concerned about your child’s development? They even have great resources for that!You can enjoy that by click here. They even have these resources in Spanish, just click here!! See “How to help your child” or ways “To talk with your child’s doctor” and even tip sheets.
One last milestone checklist I want to talk about is Language and or Communication. Many children in this age range talk. However, I do know I few that do NOT. They are mentally, physically and emotionally stable but for one reason or another do not talk. Knowing your child and observing them daily helps you determine if this is cause for concern or if they might just be shy.
What you should look for:
*Points to things or pictures when they are named
*Knows names of familiar people and body parts
*Says sentences with 2 to 4 words Follows simple instructions
*Repeats words overheard in conversation Points to things in a book
Staying on track with your child’s development is such an important task. As parents it can be so overwhelming. Having this information, resources and videos to help really are wonderful. Luckily they are all at you fingertips reach.
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