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Fine Motor Skills: Best Toys for Fine Motor Development

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Fine Motor Skills: Best Toys for Fine Motor Development

Fine motor skills are the coordination of the small muscles and the eyes. They mostly refer to the small muscles in the hands and fingers. With the development of fine motor skills, children will be able to achieve functions across a range of skills including: Academic - writing, drawing, scribbling, cutting with scissors, etc Self-care - brushing teeth and hair, tying shoelaces, get dressed, using a zipper and buttons, using silverware for eating Play - building blocks, threading a bead, grasping small objects,   Best activities and toys for fine motor skill development There are many ways we can help encourage the development of fine...

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Developmental Milestones 8-12 months

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Developmental Milestones 8-12 months

Let's look at the main developmental milestones for 8 to 12-month-olds.  Developmental Milestones: 8 - 12 month olds Now that your baby is becoming super mobile, it's time to watch out!  From around 8 - 12 months, these are the milestones you should expect to see: They’re on the move as they crawl or scoot on their bottom or creep around on their tummy. Time to be careful, as that means they can now reach and grab objects and put them in their mouth! You might see them rocking back and forth on all fours – that’s them building their muscles...

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Early Childhood Development: Social and Emotional Skills

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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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