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At 19-24 Months, Your Child will Likely…

Physical Development:

  • Walks well.
  • Walks up steps with help.
  • Takes steps backwards.
  • Likes to run but can't always stop and turn well.
  • Can stack two to four blocks.
  • Helps wash hands.
  • Bends over to pick up a toy without falling.
  • Drink with a straw.
  • Feeds himself with a spoon.
  • Tosses or rolls a large ball.
  • Enjoys sitting on and moving small-wheeled riding toys.
  • Opens cabinets, drawers and boxes.
  • Begins to gain some control of bowels and bladder, but complete control may not be achieved until around age 3. (Boys often do not complete toilet training until age 3 ½)

Social & Emotional Development:

  • Likes to imitate parents' actions.
  • Begins to show signs of independence.
  • Says "no."
  • Is generally unable to remember rules.
  • Enjoys exploring and gets into everything.
  • Needs constant attention.
  • Has difficulty sharing.
  • Is very possessive.
  • Tries to do many things independently.
  • Finds it difficult to wait and wants things right now!
  • Gets angry sometimes and has temper tantrums.
  • Often gets physically aggressive when frustrated.
  • Might slap or hit.
  • Acts shy around strangers.
  • Refers to self by name.
  • Uses the words "me" and "mine."
  • Learns that anger and despair pass.

Intellectual Development:

  • Has a rapidly growing vocabulary including names of toys.
  • Uses 2- to 3-sentences.
  • Echoes single words that are spoken by someone else.
  • Talks to himself and jabbers expressively.
  • Uses the words "please" and "thank you" if prompted.
  • Shows preferences between toys.
  • Likes to choose between two objects.
  • Hums or tries to sing.
  • Enjoys singing familiar songs.
  • Listens to short rhymes or finger plays such as "Itsy Bitsy Spider."
  • Enjoys looking at picture books.
  • Likes simple pretend play such as wearing hats and talking on the phone.

Delevopmental milestones associated with feeding:

  • Can use a straw.
  • Chews food with mouth closed and shifts food in mouth.
  • Distinguishes between finger and spoon foods.
  • Holds small glass in one hand; replaces glass without dropping.
  • Uses spoon correctly but with some spilling.

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  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Creative Arts

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