Children of different age will develop distinctively. Both small and large motor development will take place at different time as well as communication and self-help skills. Hence, parents should pay close attention to child’s development and behaviours on a regular basis. The observation on each group of children should be made as follows:
First year: Focuses on human interactions. Children will learn about objects by sense of touch, sounds, sight and smell. Physical movements also begin at this stage. Thus, the caregiver is vital in helping the child’s development to feel and response.
1-3 years: This is the stage when children start to speak so it is important for the parents to communicate with them more often. Teach them to say some words, and relate those words to the objects they see, reading them stories along with the use of toys that contributes to child’s developments. It could be toys that strengthen their hand muscles and enhance their imaginations. For example, wooden blocks or puzzles.
3 – 6 years: Children start school at this stage. Parents have to set their schedule and help plan their daily routine to teach them the importance of discipline. There should be a play time and time for their physical activities included in the daily routine.
However, if parents notice some abnormal developments or behaviours for their age, it is recommended to consult a developmental-behavioral pediatrician to help assess and appropriately stimulate each child for their healthy development.
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