The sequence of children’s development 9-18 months
Respond to simple instructions (if they want to).
Communicating using a (limited) range of recognisable words. Showing ego centric behaviour e.g. expecting to be considered first and all toys belong to them solely. Unintentionally aggressive towards other children
Very mobile e.g. crawling’ bottom -shuffling’ cruising and walking. Beginning to go up the stairs (supervised) but have difficulty coming down. Throwing toys deliberately.
Require a safe environment in which they explore as they become increasing mobile e.g. it’s important that we remember to place safety gates on the stairs. Hold a cup and they attempt to feed their selves.
Continuing to enjoy nursery rhymes and action songs.
Exploring their immediate environment using their senses especially their touch’ sight but have no awareness of danger. Concentrating more due to curiosity and their increased physical skills but still have a short attention- span. Watching others closely and attempting to copy their actions. Learn that objects can be grouped together.
Searching for hidden or dropped objects (aware objects permanence). Continuing to process information using images.
Communication and language development:
Continue to copy others and starting to jargon e.g. joining up syllables so that they are more like sentences such as maama-babaa-daa’. Learn to say their first real words’ normally it’s either animal names or everyday things. Using gestures to emphasise the meaning of words.
Using a vocabulary of between 3 to 20 words
Participating in simple finger rhymes and continuing to enjoy books. Over extending words that is using a single word to identify all similar objects e.g. all round objects are called ball.
Like to get their way and get very angry if adult says No!
Have emotional out bursts (‘temper...
References: Teaching assistant’s handbook level 2 (pg.12-13)
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