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...At 18 months old, your child is developing a real personality. He is still growing rapidly, but not as dramatically as in the first year.
As he begins to walk, run and climb, he gains confidence and a greater sense of independence. At this stage, he needs
encouragement and freedom to explore, as well as clear boundaries and limits to feel safe.
Remember that every child develops at a different pace. So, not every child will be able to perform all of the following skills.
His Physical Development
Your 18 month old child...
Is able to walk regularly and stop safely, without sitting down
quickly Can climb forward into an adult chair and then turn round and sit
Is able to kneel upright without help
Squats to pick up a toy
Moves without support from a squatting position to standing
Uses a delicate pincer grasp to pick up very small objects
Uses spoon when feeding himself
Holds a pencil in his whole hand or between the thumb and the first two fingers...
primitive tri-pod grasp Is able to scribble to and fro with a pencil on paper
Can thread large beads onto a lace or string
Can control his wrist movement to manipulate objects
Moves small objects from a bottle by turning it upside-down
Points to familiar objects
Builds a tower of three or more bricks.
His Sensory/Intellectual Development
Can identify known people at a distance
Is aware that he is looking at himself in the mirror
No longer explore things in his mouth.
His Language Development
Is aware of the names of parts of his body, and can point to them when asked
Uses 6-40 recognisable words and understand many more... but the word mostly used is
'no' Uses signs and gestures beside words
Indicates desire by pointing
Obeys simple instructions such as
'shut the door', and responds to simple questions such as 'Where's the cat?' Refers to himself by name
Begins to wave his arms up and down, meaning 'start again', 'more', or 'I like it'
Can identify that people may have desires
thinks that everyone feels the same as he does.
His Emotional and Social Development
Knows where objects are kept... this reflects an increase in long-term memory
Plays continuously alone...
solitary play... but may like to be near a familiar adult or sibling Most likely to be independent, for example to dress himself
Has the knowledge that others are fearful or anxious for him as he climbs on or off chairs
Is likely to become frustrated, with occasional temper tantrums
May show a sign of toilet needs by restless or words
Is able to follow stories, enjoy stories and rhymes that include repetition.
Promoting His Development
walker trucks available, pull-along animals which he enjoys to play with Encourage play with messy materials, such as sand, water, play dough and painting
Make available of low firmly fixed furniture to climb on
Provide him with pop-up toys, stacking toys and hammer-and-peg to develop handeye co-ordination skills
Encourage imaginative play and language skills with toys such as simple puppets, dressing-up clothes or
toy telephones Provide balls to roll, kick or throw
Use action rhymes and singing games to promote conversation and confidence
Allow him to play with other children... this is a key factor of building up his confidence and conversation
Make available of both toys, such as simple beakers, sprinkling toys and waterproof books
Use finger paints and wax crayons to encourage creative skills
Make available of picture books to attract him to identify details in the picture.
You should never leave him alone in the bath even for few minutes
You should supervise him when in the bath
Be aware of dangers such as sharp objects, broken bottles, litter or unfenced walls when he is playing outdoors.
Activities For Him
Have a strong, shallow cardboard box or a wicker basket
Ensure that there are no staples, splinters or jagged edges
Choose a variety of interesting objects
10-15 in numbers
to stimulate his 5 senses of objects with different shapes,
textures, colours and weights
You may also include objects with distinctive smell such as a small empty perfume bottle or a lavender bag.
How To Encourage His Aesthetic and Spiritual Development
Make available of some nicely-crafted wooden toys stimulus painting and drawing, which from an early years permit him
to show emotions in his creativity
Have well and interesting illustrated picture books
Make available of an introduction to music and outings that will bring him pleasure of the wonders of the natural world.
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