Red Flags for Cognitive
by 12 Months
- Doesn't search for hidden/removed objects
- Continues to problem solve using repetition actions
rather than trial and error
- Not anticipating effects of actions (knocking over
- Not using toys for intended purposes functional play
- Not showing interest in children her age
- Extreme difficulty waiting for desired item
- Rigidity regarding routine, food items, clothing, etc.
- Limited or fleeting eye contact
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development and behaviors.
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Courtney in Crawford, AK
Cognitive Development - 8-12 Months
In terms of cognitive development, most One-Year Olds can:
Show happiness to see her parents' face, bottle, toys and
Know strangers from family; cries when parent goes away
Begins to play simple games
Gives affection and love
Pay attention to simple commands such as 'No' and 'Give it
Show anxiety when separated from her parents
Have fear with new situations
Parenting Tips for Toddler Cognitive Development:
By nine months, your baby might enjoy follow the leader. Use
simple movements, like tapping on the table or putting on a hat.
Say, 'Your turn,' and see if he or she is able to follow along.
Remember to let her have a turn at being the leader.
Wash your belly. When your baby is taking a bath, give her the
washcloth. Encourage her to wash herself. Later, when she's
getting dressed let her help get dressed by pushing her arm
through her shirt. These skills take a long time to develop. Be
patient and practice every once and a while.
Eat like a big boy. Let your baby feed himself during snack
time. Give him a choice of wholesome food, like crackers, pieces
of fruit, or cheese. With a little help, he might be able to
drink from a cup, just like you!
Put him or her to work! Babies this age like to help, so provide
them with a damp sponge and let them wipe the table and chairs.
Cognitive Skills by Age Group
Cognitive Skills under 4 Months
Cognitive Skills 4 to 8 Months
Cognitive Skills 8 to 12 Months
Cognitive Skills 12 to 24 Months
Cognitive Skills 24 to 36 Months
Cognitive Skills 36 to 48 Months
Cognitive Skills 48 to 60 Months
Developmental Delays in
Premature and Late Preterm Babies
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