Your Child's Development From 18 to 24 Months

This information describes the skills your child is likely to develop between the ages of 18 and 24 months.

Social-Emotional and Self-Help Skills

  • Shows different emotions such as jealousy, fear, anger, joy, and love.
  • Can get easily frustrated and likes to be in control.
  • Copies others.
  • Can play alone for a few minutes.
  • Has difficulty with sharing.
  • Can remove shoes if laces are undone.
  • Can zip and unzip large zippers.
  • Plays with food.
  • Can wash hands with help.
  • Knows the difference between things that you can eat and things that are you can’t eat.
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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:

  • Practice catching, throwing, and kicking a ball.
  • Play a game of follow the leader.
  • Have your child draw using different colored crayons and markers.
  • Encourage your child to play with blocks, shape sorting games, and puzzles.
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