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Promote Brain Development

Page history last edited by Jane McManus 10 years, 4 months ago

 

Promote Brain Development

The chart below was compiled using information from the Zero to Three and National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC) web sites
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Newborn to 2 months:


What You Can Do:

Brain Growth

Feed your baby breast milk or formula to get the brain development off to a good start.

Safety First

Avoid jiggling her or throwing her in the air.

Early Learning

An active life encourages his brain to develop.

Senses

Read her signals; too much stimulation is not helpful.

Babies Develop At Own Rates

If you need help determining what is expected, consult your pediatrician.

 


2 to 6 months:


What You Can Do:

Relationships and Emotions

Help him calm down in periods of distress.

Patterns and Routines

Give her chances to repeat pleasing activities.

Senses

Show him what he looks like in a mirror.

Motor Coordination

Play with her on the floor for exercise.

Language Development

Read simple books aloud.

 


6-9 Months:


What You Can Do

Relationships and Emotions

Be warm, affectionate, and considerate.

Patterns and Routines

Adjust his schedule as he changes.

Senses

Give her toys of different textures.

Gross Motor Coordination

Supervise climbing and crawling.

Fine Motor Coordination

Play with easy to operate pop up toys.

Language Development

Read aloud to your child every day.

 


9-12 months:


What You Can Do:

Relationships and Emotions

Individualize your responses to meet his needs.

Patterns and Routines

Encourage her to imitate you and imitate her back.

Senses

Play different kinds of music.

Motor Coordination

Childproof your baby’s environment.

Language Development

Read a picture book together as you point to and name things.

 


12-18 months:


What You Can Do

Motor Coordination

Provide plenty of low, safe places for climbing.

Language Development

Try to figure out what he is saying.

Behavior

State clear consequences in relation to your toddler’s behavior.

Separation Anxiety

Allow your toddler to bring something with him from home.

Patterns and Routines

Offer small bites of new foods.

Senses

Label and describe objects with words.

 


18-24 months


What You Can Do

Motor Coordination

Allow him to turn pages as you read with him.

Language Development

Talk with your toddler – be an active language partner.

Relationships and Emotions

Help her put her feelings into words.

Patterns and Routines

Provide props such as dress-up clothes, telephones, and plastic food that encourage fantasy play.

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