Your Child's Development From 12 to 18 Months

This information describes the skills your child is likely to develop between the ages of 12 and 18 months.

Learning, Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills

  • Likes to hand toys back to adults.
  • Points to show others something of interest.
  • Recognizes several people in addition to family members.
  • Can place round and square pieces into a puzzle.
  • Can turn pages of books.
  • Can match objects together.
  • Can identify self in mirror.
  • Can identify different body parts.
  • Copies gestures.
  • Can follow simple spoken directions.
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What You Can Do to Help Your Child’s Development

Although your child is undergoing cancer treatment and may not feel energetic, it is still important to encourage movement, communication, and play as part of their daily routine. Here are some things you can do:

  • Support and encourage climbing and exploring.
  • Give your child blocks, puzzles, and shape sorters.
  • Put toys at different heights (such as on furniture or behind the child) around the room to encourage your child to move and change positions.
  • Give your child toys that have lights, sounds, and buttons to push.
  • Have your child practice pointing and moving their fingers.
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