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Intellectual Development - Language: 12 to 18 months

Intellectual Development means being able to communicate, to think both creatively and abstractly, to pay attention, solve problems, and develop keen judgment and a lifelong readiness to learn.

Emerging Skills
  • Begin to say several words and try to use words to describe actions
  • Begin to know and name familiar objects
  • Begin to identify pictures in books
  • Point to body parts
  • Understand simple requests
  • Follow directions without gestures (for example, "Bring me your shoes")
  • Engage in simple turn-taking activities such as "Row-Row-Row Your Boat"

  • Comfort

    Through the comfort and responsiveness of an adult, babies will learn how to handle their emotions and how to seek help when needed.

    Parents Can:
  • Give their baby lots of opportunities to chat – remember it takes two to talk!
  • Child Will:
  • Express her needs, interests and feelings through words, facial expressions or gestures

  • Parents Can:
  • Describe their baby's feelings with words
  • Child Will:
  • Know you are interested in communicating, and will gradually learn names for emotions

  • Parents Can:
  • Support their baby's efforts by describing what he is good at (for example, "good climbing," "what a good builder you are")
  • Child Will:
  • Feel good about his emerging skills
  • Begin to feel more confident

  • Parents Can:
  • Invite their baby to help with simple tasks
  • Child Will:
  • Know you enjoy being with him

  • Play

    Through opportunities for play, babies will experience joyful, free, spontaneous moments of fun while learning about themselves and others.

    Parents Can:
  • Encourage their baby to try out new skills and talk about these experiences
  • Child Will:
  • Have the opportunity to practice sharing feelings through sounds and gestures

  • Parents Can:
  • Be attentive to their baby's cues for things that interest her
  • Comment on things their baby is involved in
  • Child Will:
  • Take the lead in playing or seeking experiences she finds interesting
  • Make connections about what she is experiencing and learn about her surroundings

  • Parents Can:
  • Respond to their baby's requests, giving their baby a chance to respond back
  • Child Will:
  • Keep trying to communicate and have conversations with others

  • Teach

    Through routines and emotionally and physically safe and secure environments, babies can learn how to think, solve problems and communicate.

    Parents Can:
  • Look at and converse about picture books and magazines
  • Child Will:
  • Begin to name and point out familiar pictures in a book
  • Increase his comprehension

  • Parents Can:
  • Use toy telephones or dolls to support language development
  • Child Will:
  • Begin to imitate words (for example, "hi" or "bye-bye")
  • Begin to connect words with actions

  • Parents Can:
  • Repeat and expand on words their baby is using
  • Child Will:
  • Become familiar with more and more objects and actions
  • Begin to repeat words appropriately

  • Social Development: 12 to 18 months
    Emotional Development: 12 to 18 months
    Intellectual Development: 12 to 18 months
    Intellectual Development - Problem Solving: 12 to 18 months

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