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Early Learn/ Infant/ Toddler
This year of life also typically includes rapid verbal development. While babies communicate from birth, between 12 and 24 months they typically develop language skills that are easier for adults to interpret. During this period toddlers may use gestures, start saying a few simple words, and even begin to string words together. Additionally, along with their increasing expressive vocabulary, toddlers are also able to understand more words and language. By talking with toddlers, narrating both their actions and yours, and using language in your everyday experiences together, you are supporting development of their expressive and receptive vocabulary.
From 12-24 months, children explore the world with increasing autonomy. Their rapid development supports this independence and gives them new tools to investigate their surroundings. During this time, children typically develop increased physical mobility, verbal ability, and experience cognitive shifts that open new doors for exploration as well.
As toddlers develop large motor control and the ability to physically navigate the space around them, they are increasingly able to explore new parts of the world. This emerging mobility is both exciting and can produce anxiety for both adults and toddlers alike. Toddlers who are beginning to explore locomotion need adults to act as a secure base from which to explore the world. Adults who care for these toddlers need to be prepared to both keep toddlers safe while allowing them to move and explore.
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