2-3 yrs 2017-08-14T13:20:16+00:00

Stages of Development – 2-3 Years

Play and Social Skills

  • Is able to participate in small groups with other children
  • Is interested, aware, and able to maintain eye contact with others
  • Turns head in response to name being called
  • Explores varied environments such as a new playground
  • Enjoys swinging on playground swings
  • Is able to play in social situations after a transition time
  • Enjoys swinging, being thrown in air, and roughhousing
  • Enjoys playing with a variety of toys and textures
  • Is able to locate objects of interest
  • Is able to locate objects you are pointing to
  • Enjoys playing with musical toys
  • Enjoys playing with new toys in varied ways
  • Usually plays with toys without mouthing them
  • Enjoys sitting to listen or look at book
  • Is able to participate in messy activities that result in dirty hands

Visual Motor Integration

  • Removing screw top lid
  • Building 8-10 block towers
  • Snipping with scissors
  • Imitating horizontal strokes
  • Stringing beads
  • Folding paper
  • Imitating block designs train, bridge and wall
  • Copying a circle

Self-Expression

  • Is generally happy when not hungry or tired
  • Is able to calm with experiences such as rocking, touch, and calm sounds
  • Has grown accustomed to everyday sounds and is usually not startled by them
  • Has an established and reliable sleeping schedule
  • Does not require an excessive routine to calm
  • Is able to enjoy a wide variety of touch, noise, and smells
  • Cries and notices when hurt
  • Is able to self soothe when upset
  • Enjoys various textures, such as grass or sand, after multiple exposures
  • Is able to transition to new environment or activity
  • Is able to be away from parents when with supportive and familiar people
  • Enjoys playing near peers

Motor Coordination

  • Enjoys and seeks out various ways to move and play
  • Has adequate endurance and strength to play with peers
  • Uses hands to help move from one position to another
  • Coordinates movements needed to play and explore
  • Usually walks with heel toe pattern and not primarily on toes
  • Can maintain balance to catch ball or when gently bumped by peers
  • Is able to walk and maintain balance over uneven surfaces
  • Walks through a new room without bumping into objects and people
  • Only leans on furniture, walls or people and sits slumped over when tired
  • Is able to throw and attempt to catch ball without losing balance
  • Coordinates both hands to play, such as swinging a bat or opening a container
  • Uses both hands equally to play and explore toys
  • Coordinates hand and finger movements needed to participate in table top games and activities

Daily Activities

  • Enjoys bath time
  • Tolerates diaper changes without crying
  • Is not fearful of tipping head back
  • Is able to use fingertips to pick up small objects, such as small pieces of food, pellets or blocks
  • Eats an increasing variety of food
  • Has an established sleep schedule
  • Is usually able to self calm to fall asleep
  • Is able to tolerate and wear new and varied textures of clothes
  • Efficient use of spoon and fork
  • Is able to take appropriate bites of food, does not always stuff mouth
  • Is aware of sensations such as a wet diaper or underpants
  • Is able to tolerate and stay calm during haircuts
  • Is able to adapt to changes in routine
  • Removes pants
  • Gets undressed with assistance for fasteners/sequencing
  • May help pull up elastic waist pants
  • Tries to don pants
  • Unbutton 1 large button
  • Drinks from a cup or glass
  • Brushes teeth with assistance
  • Tries to don socks
  • Dons front button shirt without buttoning
  • Verbalizes need for toileting
  • Goes to the bathroom independently-assistance with hygiene