Ch 1: Child Growth & Development

About This Chapter

If you're looking for a resource to help you review stages of infant, child, and adolescent development, check out the video lessons and quizzes in this chapter. Instructors go over the behaviors characterizing these age groups' cognitive, social, and physical growth and development.

Child Growth & Development - Chapter Summary

This chapter includes several lessons to help you take another look at child growth and development principles. Our experienced instructors will help you review topics ranging from the sensorimotor stages characterizing infant cognitive development to changes occurring in the bodies and brains of children and adolescents. You can also re-examine the relationship between self-esteem and social development and peruse the roles of social norms in this process. The chapter concludes with lessons outlining causes and symptoms of developmental delays and their impact on a child's ability to learn and interact with others. Listed below are just some of the topics of instruction:

  • Developmental periods from birth to age six
  • Infants' social and cognitive development
  • Physical development in early childhood
  • Child and adolescent cognitive development
  • Children's social development
  • Causes and symptoms of developmental delays
  • Effects of developmental abnormalities on learning
  • Attention and perceptual development

This chapter's unique features include entertaining videos lasting between five and ten minutes each, transcripts with embedded links to supplementary text lessons, and multiple-choice lesson and chapter quizzes. Our instructors' expertise is also at your disposal. They're here to help if you have questions at any point during your studies.

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: Child Growth & Development
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Principles of Growth and Development

1. Principles of Growth and Development

Is there a pattern to how human growth and development takes place? This lesson will examine some universal principles of growth and development in order to help you find the answer to this question.

The Sensitive Periods of Development: Birth to Age 6

2. The Sensitive Periods of Development: Birth to Age 6

The phrase 'sensitive periods in human development' may sound like it refers to moody teenagers, but it actually refers to periods of time when a child easily absorbs information in a specific way. The most important sensitive periods occur between birth and age six. Learn more in this lesson.

Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

3. Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

There is no time like infancy - it is the first exposure people have to the world. According to Jean Piaget, there are six stages infants go through as they develop cognitively and learn to act in their environment.

Social Development of Infants: Stages of Self and Temperament

4. Social Development of Infants: Stages of Self and Temperament

When do infants start gaining self-awareness? We will explore the stages infants go through as they increase their knowledge of themselves. We will also look into the typical temperaments of infants.

Infant Creativity and Intelligence

5. Infant Creativity and Intelligence

How is infant intelligence measured? In this lesson, you'll learn to recognize common measures of infant intelligence as well as what information these measures can provide.

Physical Development in Early Childhood

6. Physical Development in Early Childhood

Between the ages of two and seven, children grow and develop dramatically. Watch this lesson to look at some of the physical developments in early childhood, including balance, fine motor coordination and brain development.

Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

7. Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

If you were to observe children growing into their teenage years, you would notice their thinking and understanding develops over time. In this lesson, you will learn about the specific stages of mental growth in children and adolescents as outlined by Jean Piaget.

Social Development of Children: Self-Esteem

8. Social Development of Children: Self-Esteem

The social development of children has a strong influence on self-esteem. In this lesson, we will explore the way children feel about themselves and look into several ways caretakers can improve a child's self-esteem.

What Are Social Norms? Definition & Examples in Infants, Children & Adults

9. What Are Social Norms? Definition & Examples in Infants, Children & Adults

In this lesson, you will gain an understanding of social norms and define related terms. You will also examine the effects of social norms in infants, children, adolescents, and adults.

What Is a Developmental Delay in Children? - Definition, Causes & Symptoms

10. What Is a Developmental Delay in Children? - Definition, Causes & Symptoms

Some children do not reach specific developmental milestones, such as walking or talking, within the normal age range. Learn more about the different types of developmental delays, their causes, and symptoms.

Developmental Abnormalities in Children: Effects & Impacts on Learning

11. Developmental Abnormalities in Children: Effects & Impacts on Learning

Developmental abnormalities in children have an impact on their learning and social skills. Examine an example in this lesson that will help you learn about the importance of early intervention.

The Role of Attention in Perceptual Development

12. The Role of Attention in Perceptual Development

How does a child's perceptual development progress, and what is the role of attention in this process? This lesson will use examples to teach you about this relationship and walk you through the changes.

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