Denver Development Assessment Project Age Group: Toddlers (1-3yrs)

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Denver Development Assessment Project Age Group: Toddlers (1-3yrs) Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (like jumping, running, or balancing). Children develop at their own pace, so it's impossible to tell exactly when a child will learn a given skill. However, the developmental milestones give a general idea of the changes to expect as a child gets older. The toddler period covers two year's in the child's life from about one to three years of age. During the toddler period, there is rapid change. During this period of development the child acquires a sense of autonomy and independence through the mastery of various specialized tasks, such as control of bodily functions, refinement of motor and language skills, and becomes far more inquisitive...about everything. Because of children’s growing desire to be independent, this stage is often called the "terrible twos." However, this can be an exciting time for parents and toddlers. Toddlers will experience huge thinking, learning, social, and emotional changes that will help them to explore their new world, and make sense of it. During this stage, toddlers should be able to follow two- or three-step directions, sort objects by shape and color, imitate the actions of adults and playmates, and express a wide range of emotions. The following are signs of expected physical development in a toddler: ⦁ Stands alone well by 12 months ⦁ Walks well by 12 - 15 months (if the child is not walking by 18 months, he or she should be evaluated by a health care provider) ⦁ Learns to walk backwards and up steps with help at about 16 - 18 months ⦁ Scribbles by 15 - 18 months ⦁ Can use spoon and drink from a cup by 24 months ⦁ Throws a ball overhand and kicks a ball forward at about 18 - 24 months ⦁ Jumps

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