Intervention Through Play: 9 to 12 months

child reaching for toy

Place objects on surfaces at different levels to give the children multiple opportunities to move between positions, especially coming tostand. Select and arrange furniture so that the child has lots of stable objects to pull himself up with and to stand and play. It is very important that children at one year must have lots of experience of transition to standing and weight bearing in standing, even if their motor milestones are very delayed. 
 
child holding on to table legChildren in this age period are still playing by themselves or one to one with adults although in a group of little children, they are aware of the others. Play a lot of interactive games requiring imitation, participation and turn taking. Repeat familiar games to give the child an opportunity to initiate and participate without constant prompting. Play games that involve touching the face, playing with sounds, and pairing action and word. 
 
Children love to sit or lie with adults as they tell short stories or sing songs looking at picture books together. Their attention and memory increase and especially child bangs toy on tablewith a song they know, you will see them wait and anticipate the fun ending of a four line rhyme or song.  
 
By one year, children love toys like cars that they can move and are fascinated by moving parts like a wheel that turns, or a door that opens. Children are interested in containers and love to take things out to play with the box, or pull out all the pegs to be able to play with a tray. Use these interests to select toys that challenge and encourage fine motor development. 
 
 
Ideas for homemade toys are available in Disabled Village Children: Chapter 49: A children’s workshop for making toys. Chapter 35 has suggestions for early play activities and toys