Early Childhood Intervention
This website is a place for families who are facing
challenges pertaining to their child's development and
It is a place to find answers and practical suggestions.
That's what Early Intervention Support is all about.
Whether a family has a child with a challenging behavior,
a disability or developmental issue, childhood is short - it
should be savored and enjoyed.
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We understand developmental milestones and the challenges
of Special Needs children. We spend a great deal of time
with families understanding the inner workings of childhood
routines and interactions. Ask us about your child today!
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Age-Appropriate Toy Choices
What most people don't tell you when you have a baby, is that
along with the baby, comes a mountain of toys.
New parents frequently wonder why their baby doesn't show much interest
in the shiny new toy that Grandma brought when in all reality, its not that
they're not interested in it, it may be that your baby's developmental age
and the intended age for the toy do not match.
Toys for Different Developmental Stages
Birth 3 Months
- Visually stimulating items with highly contrasting colors and
- Child safe mirrors
- Wrist/ankle rattles or bells
3 6 Months
- Rattles and mouthing Toys which are easily graspable
- Play mats with hanging toys to reach for
- Cloth books and mats with different textures and sounds
6 9 Months
- Simple cause-and-effect toys with lights and music
- Board and cloth books
9 12 Months
- Containers to place items in and out
- Standing and pushing toys, activity tables
- Finger gyms
- Pop beads
- Water/bath toys
12 months 2 years
- Simple inset puzzles with large knobs
- Wooden blocks
- Shape sorters
- Stacking/nesting cups
- Pull toys
- Cars and trucks
- Soft baby dolls
2 4 years
- Toys that encourage pretend play such as baby dolls, kitchen and
pretend food, tool bench, animal figures, play cleaning items, etc.
- Lacing beads and cards
- Small knob inset puzzles and free form puzzles
- Building materials
- Art materials crayons, markers, paints, play dough, stamps,
- Simple board games
- Matching and sorting activities
This is a brief guideline demonstrates toy types your child may be
interested in at different stages of development. Go into any Mega Store and
you'll find several aisles devoted just to toys. It can be quite
overwhelming for parents to choose what's going to be a hit and what will
sit in a corner rarely to be played with.
Frequently, kids are more interested in the packaging that the toy comes
in than in the actual toy itself! This fact is telling in that many of the
toys available today are designed with the intent of luring the parent more
so than the child. Simple wooden toys without batteries are frequently the
most preferred and longest lasting.
Parenting Tips in Other Areas Include
Learn More About Early Intervention
Thankfully, there are many ways to deal with childhood developmental
delays and behaviors. These include in-home services, outpatient (you take
your child to a clinic), inpatient (following injury or surgery) and school
based services. Which type of therapy should you choose?
Visit our Therapy Options
area to learn more.
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