9 -12 M

9 -12 M

Expression
  • Repeated-syllable babbles increase in amount and “sing-songiness”
  • Baby tries to imitate words and repeat sounds
  • More consonant sounds show up in babbles, but are not necessarily repeated or clear
  • Starts to use different vowel sounds
  • First true words* are used (1-10 words); makes an exclamation like “Uh Oh!”
  • Uses a shout or firm voice to get attention
  • Waves “bye”
    *A “word” is defined as a group of sounds made by a child that always refers to the same thing. For example, if “dada” is said every time baby sees dad or is in dad’s presence,
    then this is the word for Dad. If “dada” is said when the baby sees Dad, a ball, and a phone, this is not a word.
Understanding:
  • Finds things that are completely hidden
  • Pays close attention when people talk
  • Now stops completely when told “no”
  • Responds to very simple requests with a gesture (such as “give it to me” with a hand held out)
  • When asked a simple question, looks and moves around as if trying to figure out the answer
  • Enjoys music and songs
Social Interaction:
  • Readily shows affection toward familiar people; becomes upset when a parent/caregiver leaves the room
  • Plays alone and babbles to self for short periods of time
  • Uses gestures, such as pointing or reaching to ask for something; raises arms to be picked up
  • Likes to play peek-a-boo, patty-cake, so-big
  • Shakes head to decline or protest something
  • Will test parent/caregiver responses to actions; may tantrum
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