This week's developmental post is focused on the developmental milestones of preemies who are 9-11 months old. Previously I have done posts for 6-8 months old, 3-5 months old and 0-2 months old.
Here are some developmental milestones you may see when your preemie is 9-11 months old.
- crawls on all fours
- pulls to stand & lowers self to floor (changing position without falling)
- cruises by holding onto furniture
- stands alone
- pokes at objects or pictures with an isolated finger
- drops toys on purpose
- picks up small items with index finger and thumb
- plays with two toys at the same time
- finds a toy that has been hidden under a blanket, cup, etc
- imitates facial movements (pucker lips, tongue out, etc)
- participates in social games (peek-a-book & pat-a-cake)
- indicates when he/she wants something
- turns when name is called
- imitates non-speech sound (tongue click, cough)
- looks at familiar person when named
- plays with toys while making appropriate sounds or words (car sound, "boom" for falling objects)
- stops activity momentarily when adult says "no"
Ways to optimize your preemie's development
- play social games with your preemie as much as possible
- name objects to encourage vocabulary development (do you want the ball vs. do you want this or Look, here is the cow/horse/dog/etc)
- Put your preemie on the floor with several different toys to play with
- Offer choices - hold out two toys and ask (example: do you want the ball or the block?)