Sensory and Motor Development Between 12 and 24 Months of Age
Learning to walk is the defining athletic accomplishment
for children between 12 and 24 months of age. Those first steps are possible
because of changes taking place within the brain and the spinal cord.
Coordination and muscle control advance as the brain grows and matures.
Most children start walking by 13 months of age. The usual range for
starting to walk is any time between 9 and 15 months.
The backyard offers a world of fun for children. Playgrounds offer even more
chances for adventure. But the fun can end abruptly when someone gets hurt.
That’s one reason the American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents to
supervise children’s outdoor play, even at home.
To protect your kids from injuries, keep these backyard and playground
safetytips in mind.
Backyard safety basics
Start by giving your backyard a once-over:
Check to see that your fences are sturdy and in good...
toddler reaches a developmental milestone, such as walking, it means he or she
has mastered the physical and cognitive skills needed to advance to another
skill. For example, about 6 months after your child has learned to walk with
ease, he or she will likely be able to run. Most toddlers also learn the basics
of climbing, kicking, and throwing.
Also during the second year,
children gain more control and coordination over the many small muscles in
their hands, fingers, and wrists. These fine-motor skills enable your child to
begin drawing with crayons, eating with a spoon, and manipulating small
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
May 3, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 03, 2011
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