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How to Develop Attachment with Your Child

Children having secure attachment with their parents tend to have a strong bond, high self-esteem, perform better in school, have positive relationships and can manage stress effectively. To develop attachment with your child you can follow these simple steps: Be dependable: – Your child needs your support. You have to encourage your child whenever he/she …

Importance of Gestures

Importance of Gestures Gestures are very important part of communication development which takes place even before a child says his first word. Milestones in the development of gestures: – • At approximately 10 months, children begin to draw attention or point to objects or events. • Between 9-13 months, children start to make requests using …

“Tuning In”- to Others

During infancy and early childhood, children learn certain skills like pay attention to people and copy them, recognize other’s emotions, know that they are different from other people and have different likes and dislikes, understand causes and consequences of emotions, pretend to be someone etc. which develop their theory of mind later on. You can …

Helping Your Child Learn English as a Second Language

Helping your child learn English as a second language. Parents want that their child should learn to speak more than one language and preferably English as their second language and often ask how they can help their child. The answer is that the types of parent-child interactions that help children learn their first language help …

Attachment

Attachment is the special emotional relationship between a child and the parent. This involves an exchange of care and comfort. Attachment between a child and parent affects the development of a child. Attachment in childhood years plays an important role in influencing the development and behavior of the child in later years. It motivates the …

Tips to Feed Your Child Safely

If you are feeding your child his or her first foods, then you should keep following tips in your mind to ensure safe and sound feeding. Safest way to feed your baby: – ·         Always stay up with your baby. ·         Make sure that your baby is sitting upright and is comfortable. ·         If you …

Types of Solid Food you Should Give to Your Child

You can give your child home or commercially prepared food. Solid food which you should give to your child should be: – ·         Rich in energy, protein and other micronutrients and should not be watery. ·         Easy to digest. ·         Are hygienically prepared. ·         Contains no bones or hard pieces which might cause choking. ·         …

When you Should Start Giving your Child Solid Food?

You should start giving your child solid food when your baby starts to show the signs. Time of these signs varies from baby to baby. But on an average, it is considered that one should start giving solid food to their baby around six months of age. Around six months a baby needs extra food …

The Point of Pointing

Pointing is not only a cute thing that your babies do also it is a huge milestone in a child’s development. Generally, a baby starts to point between 7 and 15 months of age. In the beginning they use their whole hand to point and after around 3 months they start using their index finger …

Tips for When Your Baby is Resisting Caregiving from Others

Parents of 8-12 month old babies are likely challenged by a short stage of development during which infants begin to resist affection and caregiving from anyone but their mother (or primary caregiver). Baby may refuse to let anyone else feed, dress, bathe, or put him to bed, especially if you are in sight. This is …

Tips for Holding Crayons

Around 23 months, children should begin to practice holding a crayon with their thumb and fingers as opposed to a fisted hand. This fine motor skill is an important foundation on which children will build their writing and drawing skills. Here are some activities and tips to help your child achieve a more mature grasp: …

Puppets

Parents of toddlers: Be sure to add puppets to your toy box! Finger puppets, hand puppets, puppets on a stick- all kinds are great for speech-language, cognitive, social-emotional, and fine motor development. Model how puppets can act out a story, play with one another, and take turns in simple conversations. Encourage your child to wear …

Time Out

Do you feel your child is naughty? Remember, behaviour is just a form of communication, here’s why you should not give a time-out as punishment:   1) You will be likely to ignore the actual reason behind why your little one misbehaved and hence won’t be able to improve his or her manners.   2) …

Make Your Infant Wait Patiently

Incase you are thinking that why your little one does not wait for you patiently and begins to throw a tantrum while you are engaged in something else. Waiting is not a skill infants can do well or should even be expected to do well. For times you can’t avoid waiting with an infant. Here …

4-7 Months Old Baby

Between 4 and 7 months of age children actively engage with their environments and they can track moving objects with smooth, efficient eye movements. Bright colors, high contrasts, and complex patterns continue to be appealing By 5 months of age, children can roll onto their backs and push up onto their hands and knees.They have …

Make Your Toddler Wait

It’s unreasonable to expect toddlers to wait for long periods of time. One day they may play quietly while waiting, the next day a two minute wait will seem like two hours. Here are ways how you can engage with your toddler while waiting in line at a hospital or grocery store:- ● Go on …

How to Deal with Temper Tantrums

How to deal with temper tantrums? Here are ways that may be helpful to you. Ignore and walk away- Children tantrum for attention and when they do not get it they learn that such behavior is not an acceptable or effective means of getting what they want. You can walk away for a few minutes …

Introduce New Foods

Is your little one a fussy eater? Here are ways how you can introduce new foods now! Do not pressure your kid to eat. The idea is that they try the food willingly. Try teeny tiny bites. Allow them to spit it out if they don’t like it. Do not use food as bribery. If …

How to Talk to Your Child

Are you thinking how to talk to your child? For your little one to get the most benefits: ●    Talk with him/her often. Talkative parents tend to have talkative children. ●    Get some alone time with your infant. Baby talk is most beneficial when it’s one-on-one between parent and child, with no other adults or …

Effects of Persistent Yelling on Kids

Why parents should yell less at their kids? Persistent yelling can affect your child in numerous ways: Children who are constantly shouted at, particularly if it involves labelling, will rarely see themselves as worthy individuals. Children who are shouted at consistently are likely to display aggressive behaviours when they reach ages 4-5 years. They act …

How to Keep Your Child Motivated

How to keep your child motivated? Give your child responsibility- Kids are much more likely to be motivated when they have responsibility. Be an example- It’s important to be a good example. Don’t expect something out of your kids that you are not willing to be yourself.If your kids can see you do things without …

Try Asking Other Questions

Instead of asking How was your day? Try asking your child these questions?   What was your favorite class today? Children often have an easier time answering specific question like this one rather than broad questions like: How was your day? This is a great question, not only because it’s specific, but also because after …

Limit Screen Time for Your Child

Here are some ways of limiting screen time and enjoying life outside iPad or Kindle. Starting your day with a passive activity like watching TV or being on the screen sets the tone for the whole day and makes it much harder to get momentum to do something more active or creative. In fact, earlier …

Why Your Little One Behaves Badly When You are Around

All you mothers are you wondering why your little one behaves badly when your are around? Here is the answer! Because you are their safe place. You are the place they can come to with all of their problems. You are a disposal of unpleasant feelings and emotions. If a child’s been holding it together …

Your Child Keeps Repeating What You Say

Are you thinking why your child keeps repeating what you say?   Parents often wonder if it’s normal for their child to repeat things others say. For example, when asked a question, a child might repeat the question back instead of answering it- Parent: “Do you want the slide?” child- “slide?” This repetition can take …

How to Read to Kids Who Won’t Sit Still

Have you been facing difficulty reading a book to your child? Here are ways of how to read to kids who won’t sit still. Don’t make them sit still – Read to your child even if he walks around, hops and bounces around the chair. As you read to them they would come and look …

Play it Cool When Your Child Falls and Looks at You

Play it cool when your child falls and looks at you! Here are some  things what you can do instead.   That 3 second delay between the fall and the crying is usually the result of them reacting to you. When you freak out, you make your child  think something terrible has happened, so they …

Mixed Messages

Though parenting is not an easy task and no parent is perfect! But as a parent you might be sending mixed messages to your kids. Most of which are unintentional and may go unnoticed. So to clear up some of the communication, this might be a good place to bring about a consistent change.   …

Sibling Rivalry

Do your children keep fighting all the time? Here are some ways how you can make your kids stop fighting. Firstly, the bad feelings need to come out before the good feelings can come in. You as parents need to acknowledge the hateful, vengeful feelings between your kids before there can be any chance of …

Some Common Mistakes Parents Make

Some common mistakes parents make that could actually hurt their children’s mental and physical health in the long term. Giving Them Too Many Choices – Many parents think children always should have endless choices, when the reality is kids can be overwhelmed if they’re always given so many options. Praising Them For Everything They Do …

Use Positive Language with Your Child

Parents you would often find yourselves using a lot of negative stop words from your everyday vocabulary. Try to replace these negative words with more positive words. Using positive language will make your child feel valued, heard and more likely to repeat the positive behavior in response. It will allow them to develop more effective …

Your Bad Mood can Affect Your Child’s Development

Your bad mood can affect your child’s Development A child’s behavior and development is affected by its surrounding environment especially their parents and other family members. Children between the ages of 0 to 3 are especially vulnerable to their parent’s emotional instability. Take a look at how different moods and emotion can affect your child? …

Play With Your Child

Are you thinking how to engage with your child? Play with your child as research shows that playtime with parents is also important. Here are some ways you can engage with your child: Play outdoors with your kids by throwing balls, push them on swings, make mud pies, go on a hike around the neighborhood, …

Positive Parenting

Building a positive parent-child relationship is important for all areas of children’s development. There’s no formula for getting your parent-child relationship right, and there’ll be times when it’s hard to relate to your child the way you want to. Here are some ideas for you to strengthen your relationship with your child: Show acceptance and …

The No Stage

●     Parents often long for the time when children begin to talk and can articulate what they need or want. However, once your baby becomes a verbal toddler whose favorite word is “no,” it becomes frustrating. ●     But it is also an important milestone for children and often a way for them to celebrate their …

Practice How to Write Before Joining School

Now here are some fun ways how you can help your little one to practice writing before joining school! Use toothpicks to trace and form letters. Trace letters onto your child’s back with your finger and have them guess which letter you wrote Make letters by rolling the play dough into lines Draw letters on …

How to Help Your Baby to be Cheerful

Do you want your child to be happy-go-lucky? Here are some ways to help your baby live a cheerful life: 1) Don’t set examples and compare your younger one to others, as this could make your child more jealous. Allow the junior to grow at his or her own pace. 2) Praise the toddler for …

How to Deal With Your Stubborn Child

Is your child stubborn? Do you face difficulty in convincing your little one to perform simple everyday tasks? Here are ways to deal with your willful child: 1) Connect with your child, do not force him/her. Find a solution after understanding the little one’s feeling and cooperate with them. 2) Stay calm and composed, then …

How to Make Your Child Independent

It is important for your child to take decisions without your guidance.  Here are simple ways to help make your little one independent: 1) Allow your youngster to choose his or her clothes. This would enable them to be confident of his or her own unique dressing style.  2) Teach your toddler that they are …

Activities to Promote Pincer Grasp

There are some great ways you can encourage your toddler to develop a good grasp. Take a look at some of them! PLAYING WITH BLOCKS – Introducing blocks of various sizes and textures encourages your baby to grasp items with their hands and explore with their mouths. INTRODUCING FINGER FOODS – Make sure your baby …

Calm Your Anxious Child

Now you can calm your anxious child with these tips. Take a look at what you can tell them. I’m here, you are safe – These words can offer comfort and safety when your child is feeling out of control, especially if they are at the height of their worry. Tell me about it – …

Make Your Child Responsible

Don’t be worried about making your child responsible. Now responsibility can be taught as easily as any other skill. Below are 3 phrases that are likely to remain in your younger one’s mind, and the given task will be completed: 1)“Can I help you with anything?” Asking a child this question will encourage them to …

Moral Life of Babies

To form a connection with your child and find out the events of his/her day, start asking 3 simple questions every night: 1)    What is something that made you smile today? 2)    What is something that made you sad today? 3)    What is something that you learned today? These easy questions will help you to …

What To Do When You Hear Your Child Say, “I Hate You.”

What to do when you hear your child say, “I Hate You.” Remember, your kid said this phrase out of frustration without realising the consequences. How to react in this situation: 1) Be patient and wait for him/her to calm down. 2) Be emphatic and try to understand the distress faced by your little one. …

Responsive Caregiving

How can you provide Responsive caregiving to your little one? Take a look at some of the signals that your child may be making:   Young children let us know their needs through many signals. You should make sure you pay attention to such signals and respond to them  in a loving way.   ●       …

Parenting Styles

How do you engage with your child? Your parenting style has a huge impact on your children’s development. Here’s a quick look at some of the most common parenting styles   Authoritarian parents are low on warmth and high on control and often cold and demanding. Permissive parents are high on warmth and low on …

Read The Right Books at The Right Time

Shared book reading is considered good for language and cognitive development.   ●       It increases vocabulary and pre reading skills. ●       It enhances the quality of the parent- infant relationship by encouraging reciprocal interactions.   Recent research has found that both the quality and quantity of shared book reading in infancy predicted later childhood vocabulary, …

Tips to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Young children are used to relying on their parents and primary caregivers as their source of security. Psychologists have referred to parents as the child’s secure base. When parents send their children off to school, they are asking them to leave their secure base and head off into the great unknown, which can create anxiety. …

Toy Tips For Fine Motor Skills

2 year old’s are busy walking, running perhaps even jumping. A lot is happening with gross motor skills. What about fine motor skills? The best way to encourage fine motor skills is through the stack and sort board. This consists of pieces of different shapes and colors. Such toys help to build matching and counting …

The Power of Play

Play is the work of the child- Maria Montessori Play is as natural to children as breathing. It is a universal expression. Play has been observed in virtually every culture since the beginning of recorded history. The use of fantasy, symbolic play, and make-believe is a developmentally natural activity in children’s play. Playing helps to …

Tips to Encourage Vocalization

Most of the time adults take language for granted. Parents often feel children learn language on their own. Infact, children seem to be especially designed to listen to language. Speech can be heard in the womb- yet-to-be-born children are evidently listening, at birth they prefer their mother’s voice to other female voices. They prefer the …

Setting Boundaries for Babies

Even the most angelic baby can act a little devilish sometimes- pulling your hair, throwing cereal all over the floor, or trying to stuff a waffle into the DVD player, While all that behaviour may be annoying, keep in mind that your little one is just doing her job, learning all about the world around …

4-7 Month Motor Milestones

New Parents! Here are some gross and fine motor your baby should be meeting between the ages of 4 – 7 months. If you notice your baby is behind in one or more of these, contact iRockit Early Childhood Intervention for a complimentary parent consultation. The earlier delays are caught the better chance your child …

Tool Kit

Toys that represent real life actions and items are always a must for any toddler as it helps them to develop vocabulary, social skills, and symbolic play skills. One of our favorites at iRockit are toy tool-kits. Encourage your toddler to use the plastic hammer, screwdriver, spanner, and nails to “fix” things around the house. …

Trying to Run

Around 14-18 months children begin to run with a rapid walk. Here are some tips to help your child during this stage of gross motor development:   Hold her hands and help her “run” to get something Play chasing games; chase her as you playfully exclaim “I’m gonna get you!” and catch her for a …

Supporting 3 Year Old’s Language Development

At 3 years of age, your child should be rapidly expanding their language skills with a vocabulary of 300-1,000 words, mostly intelligible speech, an even larger receptive vocabulary (words your child can understand), and more adjectives (hot, cold, fun), adverbs (really, very, now, quickly), verbs (run, jump, drink), and prepositions (in, on, under) in their …

Atlantic Article Family Stories

The research shared in this article from The Atlantic resonates strongly with the ethos of early intervention that: Simple activities in your day-to-day life can alter the course of your child’s development. Here the author discusses the developmental benefits children demonstrate well into adolescence from listening to their caregivers tell stories about their own life …

Developmental Red Flags 24-36 Months

Parents of 2 year olds: Sometimes it is difficult to miss the signs of developmental difficulties in young children- especially if this is your first child, or if your child is not around children of his or her age often. The earlier intervention for developmental delays begins- the better! To help spot signs your child …

Simon Says

Simon Says is a game that can be played anywhere, by anyone above the age of 4. It is a great family activity to boost language comprehension, motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills. Children have to follow the verbal directions of whoever is chosen to be Simon. He or she starts by saying “Simon says . …

Wanting to Tag Along!

For a short time around 1 year old, children like to be in constant sight and hearing of adults and may act as your tag-along shadow! While they are feeling independent, they also realize how attached and dependent they are on you and like you nearby as a secure base. Remember to try and be …

Tips to Encourage Spoon Use

While a lot of Indian foods allow us to use our hands to eat, using a spoon is an important developmental skill for 15-24 month olds. Not only for their overall independence, but also for fine motor control and coordination. At this age children should be given the opportunity and guidance for use of a …

YouTube Video – Twins Babbling

This video went viral on YouTube because it shows what appears to be twins having a conversation with each other in their own language, but what is actually happening here are twins supporting each other’s development of key communication milestones in the exact ways parents can, and should for their babies! Babbling conversations help young …

NYT Gender Toys Article Link

The New York Times recently published an article outlining research which shows the importance of eliminating notions of gender when selecting toys for your children. Have a read and see how playing to toys traditionally thought to be gendered helps boys and girls develop more holistically:   Breaking Gender Stereotypes in the Toy Box

4-5 Year Language Milestones

4-5 year olds should begin tying all that hard language development work together with storytelling! Below are language milestones for 4-5 year olds to look out for:   Recalls parts of a story Speaks sentences of more than 5 words Uses future tense Tells longer stories Says name and address   If you notice your …

Play Routine – Hot Lava

Our very informal polling suggests that kids of many generations and countries play a variation of “Don’t Touch the Hot Lava!” Basically a game in which children do everything they can to make their way around a room/outdoor space without touching the floor or ground because it is made of hot lava/mud/water/some dangerous substance! Avoiding …

Toy Tips – Fishing Set

Fishing sets a great developmental toy for children ages 3 and above. In this game your toddler will use fine and gross motor coordination to align magnets on the fishing pole and fish. You can make this toy easier or more difficult by altering the distance between the pole and the fish which need to …

Tips to Encourage Developing Head Control

By 3-5 months old, infants should be holding their head up steady for a minute or two without letting it bob forward or to the side when they are sitting with support. Here are some activities and tips to increase your baby’s ability to reach this important gross motor milestone:   Gradually reduce the amount …

24-36 Month Cognitive Development

Between 2 and 3 years old toddlers are making many cognitive leaps. Cognitive development is the foundation for most other areas of development, though the signs of it can be slightly less obvious. Have a read at the milestones you should be paying attention to at this stage:   Makes mechanical toys work (30-36 mos.) …

Play Routine- Mystery Bag

There’s nothing kids like more than a good surprise. Harness the excitement of surprises for language, cognitive, fine motor, social-emotional, and sensory development by making a mystery bag! Gather items from around your house, or from outside. Make sure they vary in texture, shape, color, function, and familiarity. Put them in the bag and take …

Toy Tips, Dollhouse

Buy a dollhouse for your 2, 3, and 4 year olds! Around 24 months, children begin to play make believe. They use play to imitate more complex routines in their environment and act out their imaginations. This type of play is a big indicator of the cognitive development happening for children at this time, and …

Tips to Encourage Toy Sharing

Parents: Here are some helpful tips to use when encouraging your 12-15 month old to share toys!   When your child shows or gives you a toy or treasure to share, exclaim how wonderful you think it is, even if it isn’t that terrific. For example, you could say “what a beautiful sock that is! …

Tips When Giving Up the Bottle

Parents: Here are some helpful tips for weaning your child off of their bottle!   Children typically give up drinking from a bottle by the time they are two years, but the transition can be difficult as bottles are often sources of comfort and security for children. Gradual weaning may be the easiest. Do this …

Download for Toileting Routines

Toilet training often begins around 18 months of age, and can extend until a child’s 3rd birthday. This new frontier in your child’s self-help skills can certainly bring its challenges. Below find a link to the American Occupational Therapy Associations guide for toilet training tips. This will help you to identify the signs that your …

8-12 Months Fine Motor Milestones

The time between 8 and 12 months of age is an exciting one for parents, as their little ones begin to start doing more with their hands and fingers. The ever important “pincer grasp”  comes about in this stage- used for picking up smaller pieces of food, or using smaller parts of a toy. Though …

Tips for Feeding Positioning

One of a baby’s first jobs after they are born is to coordinate sucking with swallowing and breathing. Proper positioning during feeding is very important to help baby achieve this goal. Comfortable positioning also helps a baby to associate feeding with good feelings and closeness. Here are some tips to make sure you are positioning …

Podcast Recommendation “Unruffled”

For those podcast listeners out there (or those who want to start- you really should!), check out Unruffled: Respectful Parenting by Janet Landsbury. Janet Landsbury is a parenting expert and author. The Washington Post states that “her soothing, reassuring advice makes you feel as if you really can be a calm, confident parent even in …

12-24 Mos. Social-Emotional Milestones

It might be tricky to spot the important social-emotional milestones babies are expected to reach in their 2nd year. Here are some to look out for!   Imitates behavior of others, especially adults and older children (18-24 mos.) Increasingly enthusiastic about company or other children (20-24 mos.) Demonstrates increasing independence (18-24 mos.) Begins to show …

Book Reading

Reading to children often and early carries great impact on their language and literacy development, but what if your child doesn’t sit for story books or struggles with attention? Here’s a tip: Modify the book to make it simpler and move from page to page more quickly. For young children struggling with language learning or …

Wind UpToys

Buy wind-up toys to boost your child’s motor, language, cognitive, and social-emotional development – they also are super motivational and seem like magic to young kids! Read below about the ways in which these simple toys can support each developmental area:   Fine Motor: Turning the knobs to make wind-up toys move can be tricky, …

Tip to Encourage Hand Arm Coordination

8.5- 12 month old babies have important work to do ! Learning to use their hands and arms together in a cooperative way is one of them. The first step to this is learning ot bring their hands together at the center of their body (like when clapping). Those with sensitive ears may not like …

Free Download- Tips for Tummy Time

Free download from the American Occupational Therapy Association on establishing Tummy Time! All babies benefit from Tummy Time (including newborns) as it helps to build the strength and coordination needed for rolling over, crawling, reaching, and playing. Follow the link below for wonderfully detailed tips on how to make Tummy Time part of your family’s …

Normal NonFluency

Sometimes stuttering or stammering is typical, but as a parent, one must take caution as to how stuttering-like speech is addressed. Between the ages of 2-4 children are having a “language burst”. They are rapidly learning and testing out new vocabulary, sentence structures, and even beginning to tell simple stories. Like anyone learning a new …

2-3 Year Self-Help Milestones

When a child is 2-3 years old he is able to do more things for himself and should be prompted to do so. Remember: completing age appropriate self-help tasks independently or with minimal assistance not only helps your child achieve a sense of self pride, but also helps them to develop fine motor and cognitive …

Peek a boo

Peek-A-Boo with infants is a popular game for good cause! It taps into essential cognitive developmental processes, teaching and stimulating the concept of cause and effect  (i.e., when she moves her hands mommy’s delightful face reappears!) and object permanence (the notion that something still exists even if it disappears from sight). These two concepts are …

Toy Tips- Play Food

Development of symbolic play closely mirrors the development of language in a child’s first three years. Just as they learn that words symbolize meaning, they learn that play can symbolize real-life routines and items. The key way to encourage symbolic play for your toddler is to have the right toys. One of our favorites at …

Tips for Catching a Ball

From the age of 3 to about 3.5, children begin learning the difficult though essential skills of catching. While the act of throwing can be random, catching requires coordination between what your child sees and how her motor skills reaction. She will need practice and encouragement as she learns to catch balls, balloons, and bean …

Tips for Using Pronouns Appropriately

From age 3 – 3.5, children are beginning to use correct pronouns (I, him, he, his, her, and she). These can be tricky to learn and naturally children will make grammar mistakes; however these errors indicate that growth is occurring, and incorrect or incomplete sentences will appear less and less. Imitation, reinforcement, and the process …

Babies Use Their Tongues to Understand Speech

More fascinating evidence that babies as young as 6 months are forming their communication system! This study found that when babies hear sounds, they use their tongues to try and mimic the sound movement so they can begin making it themselves. (Spoiler Alert: This research uses sounds from Hindi)!  If babies this young are so …

Myth Authority

Time for a #MythBust … In our work at iRockit we have seen how many parents feel that their role is primarily that of authority figure and that play with children diminishes a child’s willingness to following set rules and structure. Some families feel that children’s play partners should only be their peers or younger …

4-5 Yr Old Self-Help Milestones

Self-Help skills in toddler-hood contribute to a child’s ability to be an independent person. Lay the right foundation for your child by encouraging them to do things to take care of themselves (having yourself or nanny feed/dress your child beyond a certain point is not doing them any favors!). To check-in with what your child …

Play Routines: Water Play

Hi Parents! Extend bath time, or put a big bucket of water on the table at home to allow your child time for #waterplay. As is the case with many play routines, engaging your child in water play affords developmental benefits in speech & language skills (children should speak aloud their plays for how they …

Toy Tips Play Doh

Play Doh, or any kind of modeling clay, has our favorite toy feature: simplicity! Toys that do not bells, whistles, or voice output prompt young children to be more creative and turn on their brain in different ways. Not only does Play Doh tick this important box, but children playing with it are using skills …

Tips to Encourage Being a Partner in Play

By 12-15 months, young children should learn to be a partner in play activities that require two people. A child at this age is learning that as a partner, she needs to cooperate or take a turn to keep a game going. At this age partner play occurs with adults or older children. Cooperative play …

Tips to Encourage Development of the Pincer Grasp

By 10-12 months, babies should be using their index finger and thumb to pick up objects the size of a raisin. This is known as the “Pincer” grasp. This is an essential fine motor milestone that lays the foundation to self-help skills such as: self-feeding and dressing. A “Pincer” grasp is also essential for most …

The Connected Vocabularies of 6 Month Olds

Exciting research which finds that babies as young as 6 months are listening to, organizing, and understanding the words of their environment! Until now, evidence of this type of learning has only been seen in toddler-age children. As the writer of this research states: “Babies are listening and you should treat them as conversational partners”. …

Myth: Boy Toys and Girl Toys

Making decisions in the toy store? Eliminate the idea of “toys for boys” and “toys for girls” if you want your children to have toys that represent all areas of child development. Try your hardest to ignore the toy store’s attempts to organize toys based on this gender division! Toys marketed and traditionally recommended for …

3-4 Yr Gross Motor Milestones

Toddler Parents: here is a check-list of gross motor (body movement) milestones for your 3-4 year old child. If you notice your child is not demonstrating some of these skills, contact the team at iRockit Early Childhood Intervention for support and additional information #DevelopmentalMilestones #Toddlers #EarlyIntervention   Hops and stands on one foot up to …

Hide & Seek

Games using the concept of uncovering something which is missing begins with peek-a-boo in infancy and extends to games like Hide & Seek, which can be introduced to children as young as 2. Hide & Seek is very adaptable to a child’s age or cognitive ability. It can be as long, or short as you …

Play with Blocks for Holistic Development

The developmental benefits of blocks are endless! Remember: smaller blocks (like LEGO) are easier for older children, as they require greater fine motor control to manage. But in general play with blocks allows for: Cognitive growth as children make plans to build structures, solve problems that may arise in construction, move through trial and error …

Toy Tips: Mirror

Encouraging your child to look at their reflection in a mirror or play games with you while looking in the mirror is a great activity to improve their self-awareness and fine-tune new skills. Think about how a mirror is helpful to us as adults to perfect our form while learning a new exercise move. This …