During children's toddler years--ages one to three--they are exploring the world, both physically and intellectually. In that short time, important milestones for increased mobility, language acquisition, and social skills present new challenges in early care and education settings. Caregivers can have a positive role in promoting this growth, especially if they understand the basics of child development presented in this book.
Understanding Toddler Development details the impact toddlers' experiences and routines, including how much sleep they get, can have on brain growth and emotional stability. It also gives important strategies for helping toddlers avoid the accidents to which they are so prone.
Understanding Toddler Development is part of a series of child development handbooks written by Margaret B. Puckett, Janet K. Black, and Joseph Moriarity: Understanding Infant Development, Understanding Toddler Development, and Understanding Preschooler Development.
All are adapted from The Young Child, a recently updated textbook used in academic programs nationwide. Written for child care providers in any setting, the series providess a comprehensive overview of key theories and research on child development.
The chapters in Understanding Toddler Development cover topics including:
* The impact and long-term effects of biology and environment on toddlers'early early brain development
* How toddlers learn
* Important theories of toddler child development
* How early life experiences lay the groundwork for toddlers' evolving language acquisition and thinking
* The effects of nurturing care on toddlers' emotional development and stability in later life
* Milestones and windows of opportunity for toddlers' development
"Recent research has challenged many traditional theories on how best to support young children's growth and development. At the same time, some of the old tried-and-true theories are still relevant today. What is important in the end is that the theories and research presented here help parents and early childhood professionals improve the quality of life and education for the children under their care."
- -From Understanding Toddler Development