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    #247605 - 09/25/20 02:17 PM Cognitive Leaps 😳
    HannahBanana Offline
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    Registered: 05/19/20
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    So E has had another major cognitive leap 😳 but is still super shy around strangers and won't talk around them. At most they get a very soft "hi" or "bye bye" but I think that's more her age than anything as we don't leave the house often she's not used to being around people other than immediate family.

    She turned 18 months old this month and has started mimicking alphabet sounds. Not phonetically but if the ABC song pops up on her kiddie playlist she'll actually stand still and try and mimic the inflection. 😂 I'm more shocked at the standing still part than I am the mimicking at this point she is a spirtied kiddo and wants to go go go all the time!

    She has recently started dragging around a set of tactile alphabet cards I bought on a whim as she loves sensory things and I figured she'd like the sandpaper fill.

    We've been sticking to bare bones basics the letters A B and C and 1,2,3 just to see how it goes and have been reading to her a ton.

    If feel like half the reason I can't get anything done is she's constantly dragging books off the shelf and bringing them to me. She sits through about two pages before she steals her book and and starts flipping pages randomly but it's too adorable to get upset over.

    I feel like I should know when she makes a leap it's going to be big by now but every single time it gets me.

    Is there anything I should be on the lookout for or common "leaps" I should be aware are coming? because this girl is far from ordinary and I'm soaking it up.

    It was mentioned on my other post to not be surprised if she was actually reading instead of just mimicking the motions. Thankfully we have a TON of kiddie books so I just let her have at it when it comes to those but we shall see if she surprises me again.

    #247613 - 09/29/20 07:48 PM Re: Cognitive Leaps 😳 [Re: HannahBanana]
    aeh Offline

    Registered: 04/26/14
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    So cute!

    Well, I'm sure you've heard that if you've seen one gifted kid, you've seen one gifted kid.

    I found with my own kiddos that there were cognitive leaps, and then there were also temperamental (I think) styles. One of mine would appear to be one very small step from mastering a new skill for a while, but then appear to be "stuck" there for a bit, and then suddenly skip over a number of steps to a new level--which you would think would be a cognitive leap, and yet I sometimes wondered if it was actually more of a manifestation of perfectionism, or perhaps a kind of simultaneous cognitive processing, where all of the components of a skill needed to be mastered (internally, or "underground") before the full skill was demonstrated. I suppose it depends on how one defines cognitive leap.

    And in terms of the exact leaps? It could be anything. That's kind of the point! Toddlers usually do develop new skills in fits and starts (much like their little food jags), so she's going to do that, only more so.
    ...pronounced like the long vowel and first letter of the alphabet...

    #247614 - 09/29/20 08:42 PM Re: Cognitive Leaps 😳 [Re: HannahBanana]
    MumOfThree Offline

    Registered: 04/07/11
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    Loc: Australia
    I really agree with AEH, my kids could all very much be described as "leapers" but each in their own ways...

    #247657 - 10/06/20 08:29 PM Re: Cognitive Leaps 😳 [Re: HannahBanana]
    HannahBanana Offline
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    Registered: 05/19/20
    Posts: 5
    😂 that's kind of what I was expecting but I was holding out a small amount of hope for a pattern.

    I have noticed right before her "big" leaps she seems stuck for a couple of days.

    She popped out with counting 1-5 two days ago. 😳 I knew papaw had started working on 1-3 with her during their breakfast in the morning and he swears he didn't add 4 or 5 yet but that's 50/50 on if he actually did or not. He's been known to hold onto "jokes" to long.

    This is the man that had me convinced the meat to fat ratio on ground beef was meat to bone ratio and NEVER told me that he was lying and I didn't find out until I was a teenager that it wasn't meat to bone ratio. 😳 So yeah 😂.

    I've gone back and made a log of a few major things she's done kind if like a memory or "baby" book. I wasn't able to keep one when she was a baby due to health issues.

    I'm curious to see if a pattern shows up, but I'm doubtful any consistent pattern will now. 😂


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