Many times parents are concerned with how a typical toddler is supposed to develop in terms of motor skills. Often times, parents are unaware of the how their 12-24 month year old motor skills are “supposed” to develop. The aim of this article is to let parents know the typical motor developments of a healthy toddler (12-24 month old).
In terms of the new toddlers motor skill development there are some clear trends that become by this age. Some of the attributes that become apparent include the following:
Your toddler will begin to crawl both quickly, as well as skillfully. He or she may begin to stand alone with the child’s legs spread apart. His or her legs will usually be stiff at this point and he or she will need to extend to gain support.
Most children walk unassisted near the end of this period; falls often; not always able to maneuver around obstacles, such as furniture or toys. These toddlers have the ability to sit it chairs, carry toys from one place to another, and these children can usually pick up objects and throw them.
At this point in time the child will start to help feed his or herself, and even though the child doesn’t get his or her food right in the mouth, the child will hold a spoon. Spill around this age are to be expected, as well as wearing the food all over!
As always, it’s nice to check with articles, it’s nice to understand, and it’s nice to be informed about your child’s motor skill development. But remember, these are articles concerning typical development and your child may not fit into that category.
While knowledge is power, don’t diagnose your child with an article on the Internet, talk to a qualified doctor or check with your pediatrician first, and realize that your child will develop on their own at their own rate.
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