Child Development and Developmental Assessments
Child development is studying the changes of children over time as infants; toddlers, preschoolers, andschool aged children grow.There are different areas of development to look at. Physical, Intellectual, Linguistic, Emotional, andSocial.
: Physical development is the development of fine motor and gross motor skills, muscledevelopment, changes that occur when a child grows, etc.
: Intellectual development is the development of memory, perception, spatialreasoning, cognition, imitation, and many other mental processes.
: Linguistic development is the development of language skills in receptive, and expressivelanguage, gestures, reading and writing are included in this area, grammar, etc.
: Emotional Development is the development of self. Self-concept, personality,emotions, self-control, etc.
: Social Development is the development of forming relationships with those aroundthem. How a child associates in associative play, solitary play, relationships to people around them,places, and also environmental functioning, etc.
Definitions of Fine Motor and Gross Motor Skills:*Gross Motor Skills:
Gross motor involves the use of the largest muscles in the body. Gross motor skillsare developed by activities or skills such as jumping, running, climbing, riding a bike, etc.
*Fine Motor Skills:
Fine motor involves the use of the smaller muscles in the body. Small motor skillsare developed by activities or skills such as picking up small objects, colouring with crayons or pencils,exploring small objects with hands etc.*Gross and fine motor skills will really start to develop and improve in the late stages of infancy and asthey progress to toddlerhood and beyond.Copyright 2011.