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Stimulation refers to a child’s active interaction with not only her parents but also with her environment. Stimulation helps to strengthen connections within a child’s brain encouraging development milestones. By understanding the milestones that signal development, you will be able to measure and track your child’s progress.

Encourage Milestones for Your Child


1 Year

  • Flip through the pages of a book and get your child to look at it. As cognitive development continues, they may even point to a picture of a cat when you ask where it is.
  • Have a race with your child. Stepping up their speed will help improve condition.

2 Years

  • To encourage communication, play back-and-forth games with your child - rolling a ball to them, for example, and asking them to roll it back.
  • Provide playthings that help develop motor skills like hand control, such as large beads to string or chalk to draw with.

3 Years

  • Talking, and responding to your child is one of the best things you can do to boost their communication skills and intelligence.
  • Keep a watchful eye on playmates without directing them, and offer guidance when needed. Say, “Use your words,” for example, if your child gets angry, or “Give your friend a turn.”
  • Provide your child with jigsaw puzzles of up to 5 large pieces and encourage their cognitive development as they try to place them correctly. 

4 - 5 Years

  • To build cognitive milestones, count objects during everyday activities, such as how many items are in your shopping cart.
  • To build motor milestones, show your child how to write their name. Don’t expect perfection - these ‘errors’ count as attempts and are common at this age.
  • Find new, interesting books to read together, and your child will likely to ask you to point out individual words as you read them. 
  • Give your child more opportunities for independence, such as going to birthday parties. The more involved they are, the more they will learn about adapting to different social situations.