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Social Development: 18 to 24 months

Social Development means being able to make friends and get along with others, to work as part of a team and be a good leader, all of which are built on self-confidence, cooperation and trust.

Emerging Skills
  • Play along side another child with enjoyment
  • Recognize themselves in family photographs
  • Notice sex differences
  • Show independence (for example, try to dress and feed themselves)
  • Name familiar people or pets

  • Comfort

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

    Parents Can:
  • Use everyday routines, such as meals, going to child care or going for a walk, as a time to talk about friends and family members
  • Child Will:
  • Begin to develop a sense of himself within the family and/or community
  • Notice girls and boys
  • Name familiar people, pets or things

  • Parents Can:
  • Respond to their toddler who is trying to share her feelings about an experience or event
  • Child Will:
  • Feel safe and secure
  • Feel important, as you are giving her your undivided attention
  • Begin to communicate about those social situations she enjoys and those she does not

  • Play

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

    Parents Can:
  • Follow their toddler's lead, rather than direct the play
  • Make suggestions, but allow their toddler to have some control over his activities
  • Child Will:
  • Develop self-confidence
  • Feel more independent
  • Develop a strong sense of self

  • Parents Can:
  • Use family photographs as an opportunity for their toddler to find himself and identify family members
  • Child Will:
  • Develop a sense of family and connectedness
  • Understand himself as a separate and unique individual

  • Parents Can:
  • Set up water play with dolls, sponges, washcloths and towels as an activity with another playmate
  • Child Will:
  • Enjoy the sensory pleasure from playing with water
  • Play side-by-side with a playmate
  • Engage in simple pretend play

  • Teach

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

    Parents Can:
  • Take their toddler to new places, where she can meet children and explore different types of play
  • Child Will:
  • Expand her understanding of people and places in her environment
  • Learn how to relate to others in different settings

  • Parents Can:
  • Give their toddler the chance to help with chores around the house, such as wiping up spills, taking laundry out of a basket and putting plastic containers away in a cupboard
  • Child Will:
  • Feel independent and confident
  • Feel he is performing the same tasks that adults around him are doing
  • Feel a part of the family

  • Emotional Development: 18 to 24 months
    Intellectual Development - Language: 18 to 24 months
    Intellectual Development - Numeracy: 18 to 24 months
    Intellectual Development - Problem Solving: 18 to 24 months

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