The Sensitive Periods of Development: Birth to Age 6


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Sensitive periods are:

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1. The five categories of sensitive periods are:

2. Riley is two-years-old and is very sensitive to vocal sounds and mimicking. He repeats new words he hears and enjoys having stories read to him. Which sensitive period does Riley's behavior suggest he is in?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet gauge your knowledge of facts about sensitive periods, and the researchers who investigated sensitive periods.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The meaning of sensitive periods
  • Five categories of sensitive periods
  • Key facts about sensitive periods
  • Researchers who worked on sensitive periods

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the child development lesson
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the five categories of sensitive periods
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about the researchers who identified the sensitive periods

Additional Learning

For more information about sensitive periods, review the lesson called The Sensitive Periods of Development: Birth to Age 6. The following objectives are included in the lesson:

  • Discover the origin of the term sensitive periods
  • Identify when sensitive periods of development occur
  • Review the five observable behaviors that characterize sensitive periods
  • Understand how the five categories of sensitive periods affect children