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Early Childhood Development: Social and Emotional Skills

Posted by Amanda Jacobs on

Early Childhood Development: Social and Emotional Skills

Areas of Child Development: Social and Emotional (Socioemotional) Skills These refer to a child's ability to interact with others, and to understand and manage his feelings and emotions. Examples of socioemotional skills are empathy, sympathy, recognizing and expressing feelings, and the ability to relate to others. These skills begin in early childhood – from birth, as they interact with their caregivers and form emotional attachments - and will continue growing throughout adulthood. Babies show signs of socioemotional growth by smiling at you when he sees you, waving goodbye when someone leaves, sharing his toys with his sibling, even showing anxiety around strangers...

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Early Childhood Development: Speech & Language Skills

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Early Childhood Development: Speech & Language Skills

Areas of Child Development: Speech & Language Skills The development of speech and language refers to the skills children use to understand and communicate with others. Language development helps your child communicate what they want and how they feel. It also is crucial to their thought process; problem-solving, and forming relationships with others. It is a critical part of child development and most of the foundations for language development are laid down in the first 12 months of your baby’s life and develop at a rapid rate, especially between the ages of 2-5. Most children will have learned the basics by age 6.   What’s...

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Developmental Milestones: Birth to 4 months

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Developmental Milestones: Birth to 4 months

Let's look at the main developmental milestones for birth to 4 months old.  Developmental Milestones: 0 - 4 months As they grow from being tiny helpless babies unable to lift their own head, you’ll see changes in them almost daily, right from birth. From around 0-4 months, these are the milestones you should expect to see: From just a few weeks old, they'll be able to lift up their head and chest a little when on their tummy and move their whole body as they squirm and wiggle around.  By two months, they can start to recognize familiar faces at a...

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Developmental Milestones: 4 - 8 months

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Developmental Milestones: 4 - 8 months

  Let's look at the main developmental milestones for 4 to 8 months old.  Developmental Milestones: 4 - 8 months From around 4 months, babies are gaining muscle strength, and this next phase will bring about many physical milestones.  Between 4-8 months, these are the milestones you should expect to see: The fun begins as they are trying to roll over to explore and to reach out to get to objects. When placed on their tummy, they’ll lift up their head, and try to crawl, and prop themselves up. It’s around this time that your baby will start to sit up for brief periods and...

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Developmental Milestones: 12 to 18 months

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Developmental Milestones: 12 to 18 months

  Developmental Milestones: 12 - 18 months Your baby has entered the world of toddlerhood - a time of significant emotional, social, and cognitive development!  Let's look at the main developmental milestones for 12 to 18 months.  Their engineering skills are on show as they’re now able to build towers using two blocks, and knock them down. Their independence is growing and they can help get undressed, put on their own socks and a hat on their head (and can also remove them). They can stand and walk without help and pick up an object from the floor without tumbling over. Careful on the stairs as they may be scooting down...

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