Helpful TermsCognitive Development - Older Toddler (18 to 36 Months)
Your older toddler is undergoing major changes in brain development right now - and yes, tantrums and turmoil come with the territory. Remember, this is a normal stage of cognitive development. It's important to be patient and use such episodes as a learning experience. You can help avoid meltdowns by providing plenty of order and structure to their days. Try not to rush. Older toddlers have no sense of time, only sequence - so plan ahead for outings.
About This Domain
The Cognitive Development domain focuses on children’s ability to acquire, organize, and use information in increasingly complex ways. In their search for understanding and meaning, young children play an active role in their own cognitive development. They begin to explain, organize, construct, and predict—skills that lay the cognitive foundation needed to explore and understand increasingly sophisticated concepts.