Stages of Development

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Stage 1

The first stage in a young child's life is when a child appears to be becoming more alert each day. One parent described this stage as the time her kids started their jobs of tearing back the walls of their cocoon. Learn more ...

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Stage 2

The second stage of a child's development in speech, listening, and language skills is a time when a child is becoming very inquisitive as well as interactive. There are three major areas that distinguish Stage 2 development. Learn more ...

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Stage 3

Now is the time that a child becomes very accurate at what he/she is doing with the skills he/she has already learned. Learn more ...

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Stage 4

A young learner entering into Stage 4 of development seems to recognize new words on a daily basis, understand many complex sentences, and can be observed listening to conversations of others. Learn more ...

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Stage 5

This is the stage in a child’s development where he/she may become frustrated with his/her inability to express him/her self and may even throw temper tantrums when not able to make his/her wants, wishes, or needs known. Learn more ...

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Stage 6

In this stage, a child appears to enjoy being talked to with a more mature style of conversation and less of the "baby talk." It is not uncommon to see the child paying attention when other speakers use longer and more complex sentences. Learn more ...

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Stage 7

This stage of development is when the child seems to be very interested in developing good listening habits and even seems to enjoy taking time to listen to longer and more varied conversations.

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Stage 8

The stage 8 child has become very talkative with a vocabulary of over 900 words and is usually understood when he/she is talking. This is the child who seems to understand almost everything and will listen intently to conversations, especially if he/she thinks the conversation is about him/her.

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Stage 9

By now, the young child's ability to understand more and more complex language structures seems to be endless. This is the child that can be depended upon to remember what is said when special instructions are given including dates and times for up and coming events.

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Stage 10

During this stage of development, the growing child can show that he/she understands a huge variety of concepts such as numbers and what they stand for, time, space concepts relating to his/her world, distances as they relate to him/her, etc. Engaging in short conversations and telling stories, even though the actual sequence of events or the facts may be mixed up, appears to be a favorite thing for him/her to do.