This week's developmental post is focused on the developmental milestones of preemies who are 16-19 months old. Previously I have done posts for 12-15 months, 9-11 months, 6-8 months old, 3-5 months old and 0-2 months old.
- Walks up stairs with one hand held
- Creeps backward down stairs
- Climbs into an adult-sized chair
- Puts a round shape in a shape sorter
- Makes marks with a crayon or pencil
- Stacks 3 blocks
- Plays with the same toy in different ways
- Plays with one other child; each doing separate activities
- Brings an object/toy to an adult to encourage adult to play
- Names objects or pictures on request
- Uses approx. 5-10 specific words by him/herself (not in imitation of someone else)
- Will get 2-3 familiar objects when asked (one at a time)
- Points to at least 3 body parts on him/herself or a doll
Ways to encourage development:
- Continue to practice conversations - let your preemie say something and then say something back. Make sure you pause in between comments so that your preemie has a chance to respond.
- Play ball - practice throwing and kicking. Use a large ball for kicking so your preemie can more easily make contact with the ball. For throwing, use a small ball that he/she can easily hold onto. You can practice throwing the ball back and forth or into a container.
- Blocks - offer blocks as a toy. Practice stacking (and then knocking them down - the fun part). Build things.
- Continue to read books with your preemie. Point out specific things on each page. "Look at the cow" "The cow is eating"
- Encourage self-care - let your preemie try to feed him/herself more, take on and take off clothes and wash him/herself in the bath.