If you check “No” to any of the following questions, contact your Public Health Nurse at 250-850-2110. It’s never too soon to make sure your child is on track.
|Have an increasing attention span? (For example, can stay with one activity for 5 minutes)|
|Understand ideas such as big/little, loud/quiet, up/down?|
|Know at least 2 colors and sort different objects?|
|Use 2-5 word sentences and ask questions? *|
|Understand prepositions, such as “on,” “under,” “beside,” etc.?|
|Walk up and down stairs independently, using first one foot then the other to climb each step?|
|Have greater balance? (For example, able to stand on one foot, jump forward with both feet)|
|String large beads on a shoelace?|
|Play and talk with both children and adults?|
|Play by herself and with other children briefly, and start to learn to share and take turns?|
|Use her imagination?|
|Act much more independently, wanting to do things herself (But still learning to follow simple rules)?|
|Understand and say her feelings? (Emotions may still change suddenly – she is still learning how to handle her different emotions)|
|Enjoy reading and listening to stories and rhymes for 5-10 minutes at a time?|
|Speak clearly enough to be understood most of the time by family members?|
|Understand two-step directions? (For example, “Pick up your shoes and put them in the closet”)|
|Correctly say the words – “my”, “home”, “pie”, “pop”, “bee”, “bib”, “no”, “man”, “one?” *|
|Understand and use some describing words like “big”, “dirty”, “wet”, “hot?” *|
|Throw a ball forward at least one metre (three feet)?|
|Twist lids off of jars or turn knobs?|
|Turn the pages of a book one page at a time?|
|Dress or undress with help? *|
|Show affection with words and actions?|
* Starred items may not be common to children in all cultures. Pleasefor a discussion of what this star might mean for Aboriginal children.
Activities to Encourage Development:
- When looking at books, have your child tell you about the pictures.
- Bring your child to a community playgroup or preschool where she can learn to interact and play with children her own age.
- Talk with your child about feelings and emotions. Help her to identify and name them ( For example, “I’m sad”)