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Ages & Stages

As your child grows, you may find clues to their behavior. As a parent, you may hear the words “developmental stages.” This is just another way of saying your child is moving through a certain time period in the growing-up process.

  • Prenatal
    Pregnancy is a time of anticipation, excitement, preparation, and, for many new parents, uncertainty. The nine months of pregnancy will give you time to have your questions answered, calm your fears, and prepare yourself for the realities of parenthood. This section contains some guidelines to help you with the most important of these preparations
  • Baby: 0-12 months
    It doesn’t take long to develop the confidence and calm of an experienced parent. Your baby will give you the most important information—how she likes to be treated, talked to, held, and comforted. This section address the most common questions and concerns that arise during the first months of life.
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  • 0-3 months
    • Physical Skills – Raises head & chest when on stomach, Stretches & kicks on back, Opens and s​huts hands, Brings hand to mouth, Grasps and shakes toys
    • Social Skills – Begins to develop social smile, Enjoys playing with people​​​​​, More communicative, More expressive with face & body, Imitates some movements & expressions
    • Sensory Milestones – Follows moving objects, Recognises familiar objets and people at a distance, Starts using hands and eyes in coordination, Prefers sweet smells, Prefers soft to coarse sensations
  • 4-7 months
    • Physical Skills – Rolls bot​h ways, Sits with and ​without support of hands, Supports whole weight on l​egs, Reaches with one hand, Transfers object from hand to hand, Uses raking grasp​
    • Social Skills – Enjoys social play, I​nteres​ted in mirror images, Responds to expressions of emotions, Appears joyful often
    • Sensory Milestones – Finds partially hidden object, Explores with ha​nds and​ mouth, Struggles to get obj​ects that are out of reach
  • 8-12 months
    • Physical Skills – Gets to sitting​ position​ without help, Crawls forward on belly, Assumes hands-and-knees ​positions, Gets from sitting to crawling position, Pulls self up to stand, Walks holding on to furniture
    • Social Skills – Shy or anxious with strangers, Cries whe​n parents leave, Enjoys imitating peopl​e in play, Prefers certain people and toys, Tests parental response, Finger-feeds himself
    • Sensory Milestones – Explores objects in different ways, Finds hidden objects easily, Looks at correct picture when the image​ is named, Imitates gestures, Begins to use objects correct
  • Toddler: 1-3 years
    Your child is advancing from infancy toward and into the preschool years. During this time, his physical growth and motor development will slow, but you can expect to see some tremendous intellectual, social, and emotional changes.

    • Physical Skills – Walks alone, Pulls toys behind when walking, Begins to run, Stands on tiptoe, Kicks a ball
    • Social Skills – Imitates behavior of others, Aware of herself as separate from others, Enthusiastic about company of other children
    • Sensory Milestones – Finds objects even when hidden 2 or 3 levels deep, Sorts by shape and colour, Plays make-believe
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  • Preschool: 3-5 years
    Your child is advancing from infancy toward and into the preschool years. During this time, his physical growth and motor development will slow, but you can expect to see some tremendous intellectual, social, and emotional changes.

    • Physical Skills – Walks alone, Pulls toys behind when walking, Begins to run, Stands on tiptoe, Kicks a ball
    • Social Skills – Imitates behavior of others, Aware of herself as separate from others, Enthusiastic about company of other children
    • Sensory Milestones – Makes mechanical toys work, Matches an object in hand to picture in book, Plays make believe, Sorts objects by shape and colour, Completes 3 – 4 piece puzzles, Understands concept of “two”
  • Gradeschooler: 5-12 years
    Your child should feel confident in her ability to meet the challenges in her life. This sense of personal power evolves from having successful life experiences in solving problems independently, being creative and getting results for her efforts. Parents of gradeschoolers have a lot to think about. Trying to encourage healthy living and helping your child develop a positive self-image all while going through puberty can have its challenges. This section will arm you with the information you need along the way.
  • Teen: 12-18 years
    Adolescence can be a challenge for parents. Your youngster may at times be a source of frustration and exasperation, not to mention financial stress. But these years also bring many, many moments of joy, pride, laughter and closeness. Adolescence can be a rough time for parents. At times, your teen may be a source of frustration and exasperation, not to mention financial stress. But these years also bring many, many moments of joy, pride, laughter and closeness.
  • Young Adult: 18 - 21 years
    A young adult who goes away to a college or a job far from home has to build a social support system from the ground up. At the same time, he may have to acclimate himself to a drastically different environment.

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