What Are Some Early Indicators That Your Infant or Toddler Might Have Difficulty Learning in School?
Parents, have you noticed anything? You are probably at home with your children instead of your usual schedule? You have probably had more time to notice your baby’s or toddler’s behavior much more closely. That is a good thing.
I speak from my own experience. With my first born, I had no base of reference, so I turned to books. I thought the indicators in the books were absolute. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. My first child was a boy. When I took him in to his doctor for his 2-year-old checkup, it was brought to my attention that his language was delayed for his age! What! I left the office feeling I had failed as a parent and that there was something wrong with my son. Well, as it turned out, he just did not have much to say! He has always been a man of little words, but he progressed through his elementary, middle, high school, AND college years in fine fashion. He was a scholar-athlete in high school maintaining almost a 4.0 grade point throughout. With my second child, it was much harder to set me into a panic.
Are there any ‘early indicators’ that your infant or toddler might have difficulty learning when they enter school? Keep in mind that kids develop at different paces and spend varying amounts of time at each stage. Here is a brief look at general milestones, particularly on the road to reading. Do not be alarmed if your infant or toddler does not accomplish all milestones by the age referenced.
Infancy up to age 1:
- Kids usually begin to imitate sounds they hear in language
- Respond when spoken to look at pictures
- Reach for books and turn the pages with help
- Respond to stories and pictures by vocalizing and patting the pictures
Toddlers Ages 1-3:
- Answers questions about books
- Identify objects in books
- Name familiar pictures
- Use pointing to identify named objects
- Pretend to read book
- Finish sentences in books they know well
- Scribble on paper
- Turn pages of board books
- Have a favorite book and request it to be read often
Here are two activities for 4-6-month-olds to strengthen their development:
- Use age-appropriate toys that are visually attractive, make noises, and are stimulating to touch. Put baby on their back or sit them in your lap and hold the toy to the side so baby will turn head to grab for the toy. Move the toy from one side to the other.
- Put a rattle in baby’s hand, one hand at a time, and encourage them to shake. By switching the rattle from hand to hand trains the brain to use both sides of the brain’s hemispheres which is so necessary for future learning because the brain hops between hemispheres during learning.
If you have concerns about your child’s development and learning, talk with their doctor, teachers, or other specialists. Early intervention is key.
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