Copyright

Ch 1: Early Childhood Development Overview

About This Chapter

From cognitive to social growth, this chapter is designed to cover all of the aspects of early childhood development. You can use this short, detailed chapter to review the main points you need to know before taking course or professional certification exams.

Early Childhood Development Overview - Chapter Summary

This chapter allows you to study details about developmental milestones and abnormalities in infants, children and adolescents. You will review stages and phases of social, cognitive, physical and perceptual development.

You can also learn more about the pattern of human growth and the effects and impacts of developmental delays and abnormalities. Once you have completed this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Explain universal principles of human growth and development
  • List stages of cognitive and social development in infants
  • Understand how to measure intelligence and creativity in infants
  • Name areas of physical development in early childhood
  • Detail the sensitive periods of development between birth and 6 years of age
  • Discuss cognitive development in children and adolescents
  • Define social norms and developmental delays
  • Describe the effects of developmental abnormalities on skills and learning

Easily access short, 5-10-minute video and text lessons at any time, from any device, and use video tags to focus only on the topics you need to review. Print lesson transcripts to create handy reference materials and take self-assessment quizzes to measure what you've learned as you move through the chapter. Track your progress on your Dashboard and use a contact form to reach out to experts with any lesson-specific questions.

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: Early Childhood Development Overview
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.

Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

2. 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.

Infant Creativity and Intelligence

3. 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.

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.

Physical Development in Early Childhood

5. 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.

The Sensitive Periods of Development: Birth to Age 6

6. 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 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.

The Role of Attention in Perceptual Development

8. 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.

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 160 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support