Ch 9: Sensory, Perceptual & Language Development in Children and Adolescents

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to help you understand sensory, perceptual and language development in children and adolescents. You can study the Gestalt theory and nativist perspective, as well as how factors like attention and sensory deprivation may affect a child's growth.

Sensory, Perceptual and Language Development in Children and Adolescents - Chapter Summary

Lessons in this chapter start by explaining the role of attention in perceptual development. You'll then learn about the Gestalt theory in relation to perceptual development in young people. Our instructors will lead you through the different stages of language development, including pre-linguistic and symbolic language in children.

The impact of sensory deprivation on human development is also covered in this chapter. Lessons conclude by studying the environmental and cultural influences on language development. You'll also learn about the nativist perspective of language acquisition. By the end of the chapter, you'll be able to successfully:

  • Understand the role of attention in perceptual development
  • Define the Gestalt theory and its relation to perceptual development
  • Recognize how sensory deprivation impacts development
  • Memorize the stages of language development
  • Name some effects of environment and culture on language development
  • Apply the nativist perspective to language development theories

These online video lessons are short and engaging, with video tags that allow you to skip to major points in the chapter. Lessons are taught by expert instructors, and self-assessment quizzes are available to assist you in learning. Follow links in the text lessons to find key terms. You may also access lesson transcripts to read through the material presented in each chapter.

6 Lessons in Chapter 9: Sensory, Perceptual & Language Development in Children and Adolescents
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The Role of Attention in Perceptual Development

1. 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.

The Gestalt Theory and Perceptual Development

2. The Gestalt Theory and Perceptual Development

What does Gestalt mean, and why is it important to our perception? This lesson will discuss the Gestalt theory and explain how perception is affected by the concept of Gestalt.

Sensory Deprivation: The Impact on Human Development

3. Sensory Deprivation: The Impact on Human Development

What is sensory deprivation? What are its impacts on human development? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson, then test your knowledge with a quiz!

Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

4. Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

How does language expression emerge in children? Learn about the development of syntax in children through the pre-linguistic and linguistic stages of language development in this lesson.

The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

5. The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

Both environmental and cultural factors have an impact on early language development. This lesson will provide examples to consider and discuss possible reasons for this impact.

The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

6. The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

In this lesson, learn how we develop language according to the nativist perspective. Discover Noam Chomsky's idea of the language acquisition device (LAD) and its role in this process.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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