Development milestones of a child starts from birth. It is one of the most wonderful happenings that adds joy to every parent's heart. In my previous articles I have written about speech and language development, walking,potty training and weaning a child.
In this article will be about the overall milestone development of a 2 year old toddler.
From the moment a child started the walking and speech development he is either being compared to a child who developed earlier or if he's an early developer, late bloomers are being compared to him. As a parent, it sometimes feels bad.
What are the milestones during this stage of growth? When will a parent be concerned of her child's development and needs a pediatrician's intervention?
At two years old, a child becomes more physically active and more aware of himself and his surroundings. He becomes more of an explorer.
This includes two developments; the big muscles movement referred to as gross motor skills, and fine motor skills for small muscles development.
Gross motor skills
walks,runs and starts to jump with both feet
climbs on furnitures, stairs and playground equipments.
catch a ball with both hands.
carry or pull a toy while walking
kicks and throws a ball
stands on tiptoe
Fine motor skills
able to hold a spoon and cup and bring it to mouth
starts to brush teeth and hair
learn to turn the faucet and washes hands
start to build blocks of at least 4 layers
try snapping or zipping zippers when you started
holds utensils and crayons with fingers not fist. Holding a crayon or a pencil during this stage depends if a child was trained.
And if trained, he can copy straight line and a circle.
At this stage a child talks a lot and understands what you say.
repeats words he heard
understands the words and names for familiar person, objects and body parts.
put two words together especially a noun and a verb.
starts to ask questions
the use of plural, and me and you.
points to things when named.
The child is already thinking new ways, learning and figures out problem solving techniques
begin to sort shapes, size and colors
pretend to be cartoon characters
finds hidden things even when under a mattress
builds towers of four blocks
complete familiar nursery rhymes
names objects, pictures or animals itself
follow two-step instructions like "get your cap and wear it."
Social and Emotional Development
.If you have a tot this age, you will notice that
he gets interested with other kids his age or older. He also likes to be more independent.
Copies or imitates older kids and children even say words how it was told.
shows defiant behavior by doing what he's been told not to.
starts tantrums when frustrated
shows more separation anxiety but plays mainly beside other kids.
Some of these developments starts as early as 16 months and improves as they approach their 3rd birthday. Always remember that children develop at their own pace. However, when majority of these is not achieved when they approach the age of 3,better talk to his healthcare provider.
Listed are the major delayed development that are noticeable when he's already 3.
not able to use two word phrase like "get toys."
not able to identify or doesn't know the use of common things like spoon,fork, and toothbrush or hairbrush.
can't follow simple instructions he's told.
was not able to mimic actions and words
loses skills she once had.
From infancy to this stage, a child miraculously progresses. And at this time of toddlerhood, the child starts to define himself. Include activities that spur his imagination and vocabulary. A child at this stage becomes a handful, all attention is focused on him to ensure his safety and avoid accidents.