1 - 2 years social and emotional behaviour
Sure, your toddler understands the word ‘no’ – just don’t expect her to abide by it! At this age, she has little self- control so she’ll find it difficult to do as you ask if she really wants to do something different.
Developmental milestones include:
- she’s inquisitive and has endless energy, but needs your attention and to be reassured regularly
- she is very attached to you, and may be fearful of strangers
- she resists being separated from you
- she loves interacting with adults and particularly enjoys playing repetitive games
- she can play alongside other children but isn’t yet able to interact or share with them
- she loves to copy those around her – talking on the phone, carrying a baby
- she isn’t flexible in her approach to tasks – there is a ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ way to do things and she wants to do it the ‘right’ way
- she is becoming fussier about the food she eats – at this time, some toddlers refuse to try any new foods at all and reject many of the old favourites
- her memory is improving – she can remember and copy past events
- she can now tackle simple puzzles
- she loves games of the imagination
- she experiences a wide range of emotions - and can move from one to another with lightning speed!
- she loves a cuddle
What can I do to encourage her social and emotional development?
- do simple puzzles with her
- give her simple props for make-believe, dress-up and role-playing games
- give her opportunities to entertain herself. Learning to enjoy your own company is one of life’s great lessons, so if she’s happily playing by herself, just leave her to it.
Signs that suggest a developmental problem in a 1-2 year old:
- she doesn’t suffer any separation anxiety when you leave
- she doesn’t prefer to be with people familiar to her
- she doesn’t seem to engage with different people around her
- she doesn’t want to cuddle
All children are different and develop at different rates, so don’t be overly concerned if your toddler is acquiring new skills at a different rate to those around him. But if you are worried about his development or it seems to have stalled or be going backwards, talk to a health professional.
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