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Child Development (24 months)
 
Your child's experiences in the early months and years of life affect his/her health, well-being, and coping skills for the rest of his/her life. Your caring, nurturing, and safe parenting help ensure your baby's optimal development. During the toddler years, your child will grow and learn rapidly.
 
Child development is typically described in five areas: 
  • physical
  • social
  • emotional
  • cognitive
  • language

While there are milestones, development is not a race. Each child grows and develops at his/her own pace. Learning about child development can guide your parenting. You can support and guide your child’s development through activities in each of these four areas:

  • Learning To Think and Play
  • Seeing and Using Hands
  • Hearing, Speech and Language
  • Learning To Move

Your Developing Child: 24 Months

  • Climbs onto and gets back down from furniture by himself/herself
  • Walks up stairs holding on to rail or wall with both feet on each step
  • Begins using blunt scissors to snip
  • Imitates a pencil stroke
  • Uses two word sentences
  • Understands simple questions and directions (“Where is your sock?”, and “Go get your book”)
  • Understands more than he/she can say
  • Points to body parts when asked
  • Enjoys simple pretend play
  • Imitates actions of caregiver, around the house (e.g. sweeping floor, washing dishes, folding clothes)
  • Uses a fork
  • Removes clothing when undone
  • Helps put on some clothing
There are many ways you can help your child’s development

Play is a learning experience for children. Play is a universal and vital process for the healthy development of every child. Play is the child’s work and allows him/her to explore the world in which he/she lives and grows.
 
If you have any concerns about your child’s development, talk to your public health nurse or family doctor.

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Updated Oct 2, 2015