Maximizing Intellectual Potential, Building Relationships
18-36 month olds have some of the same learning needs as their younger counterparts, however there are distinct differences as well. The average three year old's attention span has increased from 6-8 minutes to at least 8-10 minutes without being easily distracted by sounds or others around him. This increase is precisely the reason why we can expand our mode of delivery and expectations of our children at this age. They will have the ability to stay with activities longer, so it is imperative to provide engaging aesthetically pleasing materials that offer just the amount of challenge for new learning to occur. In addition to the types of materials that engaged your child in earlier toddlerhood, your child not only needs sensory motor activities but also opportunities to voluntarily push, pull, manipulate, take apart, throw, group, rearrange, and explore in an environment where they are free to try, fail, succeed and try again without lecture, cajoling or imposition from their caregivers.