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Conway, AR 72034 

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Little Rock, AR 72205 

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Russellville, AR 72801 

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Sherwood, AR 72120 

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Milestones

As your little one reaches their first birthday, they are developing new skills every day! It is important to help guild your child in activities that will continue to further their progress. See the below occupational therapy tips on ways to engage your 9-12 month old child.

PLAY WITH BABY
  • Present smaller toys such as blocks, little people, shapes and shape sorter, etc to promote reach and grasp
  •  Offer a variety of toys with switches, knobs, and buttons such as pop up toys, toddler hammer benches, button operated light and sound toys
  •  Limit tv time and smart phone exposure (no exposure is preferred)
  •  Bang objects together, exchange objects between baby and caregiver, hide and seek games with toys
  • Read books, pointing out hidden pictures (highlights magazine has a baby subscription). Board books are a great exploration tool for baby at this age
  •  Fill small bottles with a variety of items like pasta, noodles, beads, rice, etc and secure for vision development and use of two hands together
  •  Promote strength and fine motor skills by tying ribbons together and placing in a wipey container or old tissue box or try placing velcro around toilet paper rolls for pulling apart promoting use of two hands together
  •  Make a texture board to provide exploration of a variety of textures using things around the house 
  •  Encourage social and fine motor development through waving hello and goodbye
  •  Container play and supervised exploration of mom and dads pots and pans will promote strength and exploration because baby will love placing and removing objects in and out
  •  Present toys to either side as well as in front of baby to promote reach and grasp
ENGAGE WITH BABY
  • Allow baby to explore in a safe yet challenging environment by removing all unsafe items from lower cabinets and replacing with above mentioned pots, pans, spoons, ladles, etc. Always restrict use of unsafe cabinets with safety latches.
  •  Tummy time as tolerated because baby should be interested in moving and getting around
  •  Present pillows, blankets, soft climbing gyms, etc on floor for varying surfaces to promote strength needed for mobility as well as for development of coordination and control of hands and arms
  •  Provide varying avenues for movement including swinging, sliding, rolling, crawling, floor time play and all with social engagement while naming colors, objects, animal sounds, etc
  •  Laundry baskets are a great tool for filling, dumping, and pushing-pulling to promote fine motor and strength skills. They are also fun for sensory development. Just place baby in basket and take them for a ride.
  •  Introduce baby to hygiene through modeling and holding of hairbrushes, toothbrushes, etc
EAT WITH BABY
  • Begin slowly introducing textures to touch and taste through feeding and play as tolerated-don't rush or push them because this can cause further regression of skills (this can include various safe household items, sand boxes, and dirt piles with supervision if your child is mouthing objects)
  •  At mealtimes, present baby with his own spoon and encourage banging, mouthing, and chewing.
  • Begin introducing baby to straw cups
  •  Supervised finger feeds are encouraged to increase strength and grasp
For more details on milestones, or to see the videos demonstrating milestones at this age, visit Milestones Videos.