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Toddler

15 months old

 
                            

You now have a toddler on your hands! Your baby will turn into a walking, talking dynamo. Take a good look at safety in the home during this stage because toddlers have the curiosity and new physical abilities that can get them into trouble.
 
Now is when you can really see your baby's mental ability growing. He may point to a familiar body part like his nose or toes when you ask him. He realizes that everyday objects like telephones and brushes have unique functions, and knows where certain objects belong. He may also imitate you in speech and action. He may also begin to say a few words and string simple words together. Here are some typical milestones you may see in your 15 month old:


Social and Emotional development
  •  Can feed himself with the use of his finger

  •  Starts cooperating by taking shoes and hats off

  •  Will let you know what she does and does not enjoy eating

  •  Watches other children and grownups and attempts to copy what they are doing.

  •  Show temper when angry

Language and Communication skills
  • Indicates what they want by pulling, pointing, grunting and other methods of communicating
     
  • May point one or two body parts

  • Says “no” frequently

  • Speaks 4-6 words

  • Brings favourite book to parents to read

  • Laughs out loud when playing chasing or hiding games

  • Follows simple commands such as “come here”, “show me”, and “look”

  • May name a familiar object (ball)

  • Imitates mother in domestic chores-sweeping, cleaning

  • Jargon speech with several intelligible words.

Cognitive skills
  • Finds an object placed out of sight
     
  • Enjoys putting objects in containers and dumping them out- and doing this over and over again

  • Enjoy looking at own reflection

  • Continues to learn that objects are used for a particular purpose. For example, uses a toy phone like a real phone

  • Asks for objects by pointing. Mouthing stopped.

Physical development
  •     Walks without help
      
  •     Cannot go round corners or stop suddenly

  •     Crawl up stairs but cannot get down

  •     Can get into standing position without support

  •     Rolls a ball

  •     Scribbles spontaneously

  •     Can walk backwards and possibly run

  •     Can kneel with or without support

  •     Learns to place a loose fitting lid on box

  •     Places a round shape in a foam board puzzle

  •     Pulls toys that are on wheels

  •     Drinks from a cup i.e. picking up cup, drinking, putting it down.

  •     Feeds self. Manages spoon but rotates it near mouth

  •     Builds tower of three cubes

  •     Makes a line with crayon; inserts pellet in bottle

  •     Begins to hold 2-3 objects in one hand

Recommended activities

The best toys for this age are stuffed animals, dolls, books, and small toys that can be pulled and pushed, filled and emptied, opened and closed. Household items such as plastic measuring cups and empty boxes are other toys he will enjoy at this stage.    
  •   Use picture books to enrich his vocabulary. Reading books will help with language development.
     
  •  He may want to imitate what you are doing. Sweeping, dusting, or washing play dishes can be fun for children this age.

  • Singing to your child is another way to encourage vocabulary development

  • Talk to your child about what he is doing or seeing

  • Show affection and praise to your toddler for good behaviour and accomplishments.

  •  Allow the child to help around the house and participate in the family’s daily responsibilities

  •  Encourage play that involves building and creativity

  •  Encourage and provide the necessary space for physical activity.

  •  Provide safe copies of adult tools and equipment for the child to play with

  •  Once your child shows an interest in an object, talk about it with him (what is its size, shape, colour, texture, etc)

 

 



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