Toddler Program (Ages 1 to 2.5 years)

Emotional Development:

  • Feed self
  • Play alone
  • Express affection to others
  • Briefly delay immediate needs and wants
  • Use imagination in play
  • Assert independence, sometimes
  • Help with simple chores
  • Be cooperative during dressing (e.g. coat)
  • Attend to a task for a brief time (e.g. 2-4 minutes)
  • Show interest in toileting
  • Aware of others need

Social Development & Living:

  • Parallel play with others
  • Imitate activities and actions
  • Share with others occasionally
  • Assist others with simple tasks, sometimes
  • Participate in a small group for periods of time
  • Initiate social responses with people

Physical Development: (Gross motor)

  • Bounce while sitting/standing
  • Kneel
  • Pull self to a standing position
  • Stand alone
  • Creep
  • Walk independently
  • Kick
  • Twist body March
  • Throw a ball
  • Jump
  • Push/pull toys
  • Run
  • Pick up objects from the floor

Cognitive Development:

  • Respond to stimulus
  • Imitate behaviors/sounds
  • Explore own environment
  • Play with objects and toys
  • Point to three body parts (e.g. hair, nose, eyes, etc.)
  • Recognize own name
  • Respond to simple requests/directions
  • Name three objects (e.g. verbally)
  • Match and pattern
  • Remember some previous information

Fine Motor:

  • Grasp
  • Shake
  • Point
  • Drop
  • Squeeze/bang/pound
  • Pull
  • Attempt to stack/build
  • Stir
  • Empty/fill
  • Pour
  • Scribble
  • Turn Pages
  • Use a spoon
  • Paint
  • Dumping/picking up

Expressive skills:

  • Babble and chatter
  • Repeat sounds
  • Repeat simple words
  • Sometimes participate in simple songs and finger plays
  • Imitate single word communications.

Language: (Receptive skills)

  • Respond to sounds and locate their direction
  • Respond to own name
  • Identify simple sounds
  • Listen to short stories/look at simple picture books
  • Music and songs