Active engagement with the social and physical environment promotes learning. Infants who are motivated to engage and explore learn more and faster, and this learning is enhanced when when they are embedded in a rich environment.
Infants whose start in life was not optimal, and those who have atypical brain development are often less active and therefore have fewer opportunities to learn from experience and development a sense of their own ability to use movement to engage with the environment in ways that are fun and and make interesting things happen.
Knowing how to motivate infants to move, explore and engage with the social and physical environment at different ages and levels of ability is an essential tool in the therapist's kit and often is the game breaker.
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The contents of my toy cupboard
Toys for 10-18 months
Importance of motivation
Ways to motivate a child
Small toys and objects to explore
How infants 8-12 months inspect and explore novel toys and interesting objects
Clothing peg games: pegging, taking off and posting
Learning about everyday objects and actions
A collection of tubs with lids: promoting manipulation, fitting, matching, stacking
Moving large objects
Bottles of diffident sizes