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The Importance of Play In A Child's Development
Through Play Children Learn
... About Themselves
... About Others
... About How Things Work
... About Their World
Play = Learning
Play Helps Develop Skills
• Thinking and Problem Solving
• Language and Communication
• Social and Emotional
• Motor and Coordination
• Creativity and Imagination
Birth-12 Months
Language Development
Birth - 3 months
• Begin to startle at loud sounds
• At 7-8 weeks, begin to make new sounds and responsive vocalizations
• Begin to listen to someone talking to him/her
• Watch facial expressions of person talking
3 - 6 months
• Babbles & laughs to sounds and facial expressions
• Vocalizes to initiate socialization
• Imitates language specific sounds
  - Combines syllables
6-12 months
• Receptive language developing
  - Recognizes names of people and things
  - Understands simple commands
• Expressive language developing
  - Points to named and desired objects
  - Plays with language
    - Imitates sounds, inflections, repetitive string of sounds
    - Double consonants (ma-ma), one word sentences
  - Vocalizes to rhythms/sings

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