Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Emotional And Social Development In The First Year

9-12 months

Once your child begins to understand words it is important to adapt your speech to a child's level by simply repeating words. Jan Parker and Jan Stimpson say focusing on individual words like 'spoon' instead of 'Look, here's your spoon, let's put it in your hand, well done,' helps your child identify and name objects more easily. Try to have quiet times playing and talking with your child. Research has shown that children from homes with constant noise from TV, music or radio take longer to learn to talk.

At this age your child will enjoy songs, nursery rhymes and finger games. Don't worry if you don't know many at first, you will soon pick them up. You can buy a range of cassette tapes with nursery rhymes and many toddler groups sing songs at the end of a session.

By the end of the first year your child will definitely be on the move and you need to give her plenty of opportunities to exercise. Going to the park or swimming pool is a good way to tire out an active toddler. Or find out if your local leisure centre has a soft play area - climbing about on the spongy equipment is a great way to encourage physical development.


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