Development of Social and Emotional Skills: Infants to Preschoolers

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Every child develops at their own pace but at certain age you should expect each child to develop these social and emotional skills.

If this is not so then your child might have a communication disorder. Communication disorder may effect your child's academic achievement, daily life and interaction skills in terms of a child's intelligence level. A child can suffer from underdevelopment of conflict resolution (which can effect their socialization and friendship) and lack of social etiquette ( which can effect their understanding of what is acceptance socially in society).

Infants and Babies
-By 2 months
  • They are able to soothe themselves by sucking on their fingers or hands.
  • They are able to interact by smiling and looking directly at you.
  • They are able to cry to get their needs met.

-By 4 months
  • They are able to interact with you when you make faces.
  • They are able to smile while playing.
  • They are able to cry then you stop playing with them and they want you to continue.


-By 6 months
  • They are able to enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror.
  • They are able to respond to your emotions.
  • They are able to be aware of which persons are familiar and which are strangers.


-By 9 months
  • They are able to cry when familiar faces aren't around.
  • They are able to show strangers anxiety.
  • They are able to choose their favorite toys.

-By 12 months
  • They are able to pick their favorites between people.
  • They are able to interact more.
  • They are able to enjoy simple interactive games.

Toddlers and Preschoolers

-By 18 months to 2 years

    • Being interested in interacting with other children.
    • Developing a defiant attitude as a way of gaining some independence and communication.
    • Developing imagination like having an imaginary friend or imitating adults.




      -By 3 to 4 years

      • Separate from you easily.
      • Express their emotions more freely.
      • Are kind, caring and painfully honest.




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