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Development through life stages - infant development

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´╗┐Development through the life stages P1- Life stages Introduction: This unit will be enable readers to gain knowledge and understanding of the different life stages of an individual.They will be able to understand the physical and psychological changes of ageing. The word ?development? is used to describe complex changes involving quality as well as straightforward increases in some measured quantity. This is stated by stretch B and Whitehouse M (2007) p155. Physical development- Physical development takes place in the uterus were the embryo develops in to a fetus and the baby grows bigger, developing in growth at the same time as by the end of 8 weeks all major organs have developed but are continuing to grow in size. A new born baby does not have a fully developed brain but can usually hear sounds. Infants are born with a wide number of various temporary and primitive reflexes. ...read more.


From seven month onwards they start to make sounds like 'mama and dada', they repeat actions that cause a response e.g. when they are given a rattle they will shake it and laugh, they respond to simple directions and they may speak their first understandable words by twelve months. Most one-year-olds would be able to name simple objects like shapes. By the age of two they would be able to put words together in a simple sentence and by the age of three they would know the alphabet and would be able to put understandable sentences together, at the age of three they like to have stories read to them. They can also respond to own name different tones in carer?s voice. They also imitate adult enthusiastically and understand simple instructions. Emotional development- Emotional development comes about with maturity. As a child emotions will be very new. ...read more.


Social skills are closely allied to emotional development a kind of intelligence or skill that involves the ability to perceive, assess and positively influence one's own and other people's emotions. In order to interact effectively with others, one has to be able to monitor and control one's own emotional state. They usually sleep for much of the day and night. However they are aware of their surroundings and people when they are awake. They can enjoy baths and caring routines, e.g. feeding and cuddling. Moreover they try and put things into their mouth by helping out (patting bottle) when being fed. Holds her own bottle or cup to try and feed, plays ? peek-o-boo?, waves ?bye bye? when asked does not put objects in their mouth anymore as much as before. They start to feed themselves and cry when they are with stranger?s copies actions of parent?s plays alongside other children- parallel play. Tends to be possessive with toys, he is not yet able to share. ...read more.

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