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Cognitive Child Development:
From Birth To 6 Years

This page presents an overview of Cognitive Child Development... the development of intellectual abilities of your child from birth to six years.
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Cognitive development is the way in which your child manages her thinking, and talent to create sense of the world and what is occurring around her.

When your child is able to deal with difficulties, telling about it in advance are examples of skills associated with cognitive child development.

At Birth

Newborn babies are already energetically using all their senses to investigate their new surroundings.

Your child is seeing new things, listening to new sounds and smelling new particular smell.

When not sleeping, your child is attentive and already learning to deal successfully with a big area of new facts.

Your child...

  • Starts to develop general ideas.
  • Investigates using her senses and using her own action activity.
  • Makes eye communication and cries to point out need.

Aiding Her Cognitive Development

You can aid your baby's intellectual development through play. New born babies answer to things that they see, hear and feel.

Play might include the following...

Pulling Faces

Attempt by sticking out your tongue and opening your mouth wider so that she may copy you.

Displaying Objects

Try to display objects to her such as brightly coloured woolly pompoms, balloons, shiny objects and black and white patterns. Hold the object straight in front of her face and give her time to focus on it and gradually positioning it.

Increasing Her Cognitive Development

  • Make enough physical contact and maintain eye contact with her at all times.
  • Exploit lively, different colours in furnishings around the home.
  • Present her to unusual household noises.

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