Ch 1: Prenatal, Infant & Early Childhood Development

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Prenatal, Infant & Early Childhood Development - Chapter Summary

Get reacquainted with the basics of prenatal, infant and early childhood development by exploring our entertaining lessons. This chapter helps you understand topics like the social development of infants, physical development in early childhood, child language development milestones and the prenatal stages of brain development. After finishing the lessons, you will be able to:

  • Define and list the stages of prenatal development
  • Share hazards that can impact healthy prenatal development
  • Explain how a mother's emotional and physical state can impact the prenatal environment
  • List the capabilities, growth and developmental milestones of the newborn
  • Detail the perceptual and sensory development of infants
  • Describe the motor, sensory and brain development of a child's first two years of life
  • Identify and detail the six stages of cognitive development in infants
  • Discuss the basics of gross and motor skill development in children

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13 Lessons in Chapter 1: Prenatal, Infant & Early Childhood Development
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Prenatal Development & Psychology: Stages & Abnormal Development

1. Prenatal Development & Psychology: Stages & Abnormal Development

How is prenatal development related to psychology? How are minds forming in the womb still linked to the outside environment? This lesson explores the stages of prenatal development and a mother's ability to affect her unborn child.

Prenatal Stages and Development: Germinal, Embryonic & Fetal Period

2. Prenatal Stages and Development: Germinal, Embryonic & Fetal Period

In the 9 months before a baby is born, there is an enormous amount of prenatal development. In this lesson, you will explore the following stages of prenatal development: the germinal period, the embryonic period, and the fetal period.

Prenatal Stages of Brain Development

3. Prenatal Stages of Brain Development

The prenatal brain develops at an amazing speed. This lesson provides an overview of this brain development throughout the three trimesters of pregnancy and highlights key stages.

The Prenatal Environment and Hazards to Healthy Prenatal Development

4. The Prenatal Environment and Hazards to Healthy Prenatal Development

In this lesson, learn about the prenatal environment and what can be harmful to prenatal development. Learn about the hazards of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, disease and environmental pollutants during pregnancy.

The Impact of Mother's Emotional and Physical State on the Prenatal Environment

5. The Impact of Mother's Emotional and Physical State on the Prenatal Environment

An unborn child and its mother are connected both physically and emotionally. Learn how prenatal development is affected by both the emotional and physical state of the mother in this lesson.

The Newborn: Capabilities, Growth, and Developmental Milestones

6. The Newborn: Capabilities, Growth, and Developmental Milestones

Newborn growth and development is an amazing process! In this lesson, you will discover how babies learn, when they acquire certain abilities, and what reflexes they are born with.

Social Development of Infants: Stages of Self and Temperament

7. 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 Perceptual Development and the Five Senses

8. Infant Perceptual Development and the Five Senses

What is habituation and how does it affect perceptual development in an infant? Learn the answer to this question and more as this lesson explores sensory development in infants.

Motor, Sensory & Brain Development in the First Two Years of Life

9. Motor, Sensory & Brain Development in the First Two Years of Life

Babies grow and change so much in the first two years of life, and many of those changes are directly tied to the brain and its key functions. In this lesson, we'll look at brain, motor and sensory development in infants.

Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

10. 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.

Motor Skills Development in Children

11. Motor Skills Development in Children

From birth onwards, we grow in our motor skill abilities, whether through everyday activities or purposeful interactions. In this lesson, explore the journey of gross and fine motor skills acquisition!

Physical Development in Early Childhood

12. 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.

Child Language Development Milestones

13. Child Language Development Milestones

A baby's first few years are paramount in the establishment of speech and language. Every parent wants to be sure their child is developing on point. In this lesson, you will learn the major child language development milestones that children should hit in the first six years of their lives.

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