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Ch 1: Early Childhood Growth & Development

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This convenient study guide chapter examines basic early childhood growth and development concepts. Work through the chapter's lessons and quizzes whenever you need to refresh your understanding of these topics or prepare for an upcoming teacher examination.

Early Childhood Growth & Development - Chapter Summary

If you're looking for a quick way to review early childhood growth and development topics, this chapter is for you. Through a series of short and simple lessons, our instructors will show you the stages of childhood development and typical developmental milestones. You'll also see how cognition, emotions and social qualities develop in young children. Completing this chapter can help you:

  • Explain child development stages and theories
  • Identify the developmental milestones in children
  • Compare emotional, social and cognitive development
  • Understand how language develops in children
  • Assess early childhood physical development
  • Evaluate the importance of health, nutrition and safety in early childhood
  • Discuss the causes and symptoms of developmental delays in children
  • Recognize different types of physical disabilities

To help you retain the information you study, we've included plenty of self-assessments throughout the chapter. These lessons can be accessed whenever you have free time, and you can use any desktop, laptop or mobile device to study. Submit questions to our instructors if you have any, and revisit the lessons as many times as needed.

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Early Childhood Growth & Development
What Is Child Development? - Definition, Theories & Stages

1. What Is Child Development? - Definition, Theories & Stages

Child development is the period of physical, cognitive, and social growth that begins at birth and continues through early adulthood. This lesson discusses the theories, stages, and major milestones of child development and ends with a quiz to test what you have learned.

What Are Developmental Milestones in Children? - Table, Definition & Examples

2. What Are Developmental Milestones in Children? - Table, Definition & Examples

Developmental milestones are an important way for anyone working with children to measure their developmental progress in several important areas. Learn four key areas to assess, the main milestones from three months of age to five years and test your knowledge with quiz questions.

What are Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development?

3. What are Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development?

People grow and develop in many different ways and in many different areas. In this lesson, we'll look closer at three types of human development: cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Linguistics: Language Development in Children

4. Linguistics: Language Development in Children

How does a baby's babble turn into intelligible speech? Are there underlining innate traits that drive language development in children? Or is it the social interaction with others that encourages language development? This lesson will explore these questions and discuss how aspects of language change over time.

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.

Nutrition, Health, and Safety in Early Childhood

6. Nutrition, Health, and Safety in Early Childhood

As children grow and develop, so do threats to their health. From nutrition and childhood obesity to accidents, this lesson will explore the issues that face children in early childhood and what parents can do to deal with them.

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

7. 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.

What is a Physical Disability? - Definition & Types

8. What is a Physical Disability? - Definition & Types

In this lesson, you will learn to define the term physical disability. We will also look at different types of physical disabilities as well as further explore categories for daily living as they pertain to people with physical disabilities.

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