Infants’ and toddlers’ physical skills emerge right along with their thinking, language and social skills. Parents and caregivers can support young children’s physical development by encouraging movement and exploration. This video and tip sheet provides parents and caregivers with strategies to nurture young children’s physical development.
Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.). This website lists developmental milestones for children ages 2 months through 5 years.
This guide describes effective teaching practices in the domain of perceptual, motor, and physical development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Teachers, home visitors, and family child care providers can use the guide to learn more about how to support children’s growth and development in this area.
Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
This article describes how infants and toddlers develop motor skills through activities in their early childhood classroom. The authors offer suggestions to early childhood educators for observing motor milestones in action and setting up the environment for inviting movement skills.
This video gives families an overview of what to expect during an occupational therapy evaluation. Occupational therapists observe and assess the gross and fine motor skills of children who struggle with these skills, leading to an evaluation report and activity suggestions for families.
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