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Title: Intro to Child Development


1
Intro to Child Development
  • Adapted from Chapter 1
  • The Developing Child 7th Edition

2
Vocabulary Terms
  • Child development
  • The study of how children grow in different ways
    (physically, mentally, emotionally and socially)
  • Behavior
  • A way of acting or responding
  • Nutrition
  • A balance of all the food substances needed for
    health and growth
  • Formula
  • A mixtures of milk or milk substitutes and added
    nutrients
  • Sequence
  • Step by step pattern
  • Heredity
  • Passing of characteristics that are physically
    inherited from previous generations
  • Environment
  • The people, places and things that surround and
    influence an individual

3
Rewind
  • What was your childhood like?
  • What were your likes? Dislikes?
  • What kind of relationship did you have with older
    children and teens?

4
Fast forward
  • How would you describe your relationships with
    children in your life today?
  • Do you enjoy children of all ages?
  • Do children like you?

5
What can I do to make a difference in a childs
life?
6
Understanding children
  • As you interact with children
  • You will more fully appreciate all
    characteristics of human development
  • Your powers of observation will improve
  • You will discover that children are fun
  • You will be able to apply your learning to
    everyday life
  • You will learn practical techniques of caring for
    children
  • You will begin to see why children act, feel, and
    they as they do

7
How is childhood different now?
  • Work
  • Health and nutrition
  • Dress
  • Parental love

8
The Growth of Child Study
  • There is now a great importance on understanding
    and guiding children
  • Binet, Piaget, Freud, Gesell and Erikson have all
    played an important role in understanding
    childhood behavior

9
Characteristics of Development
  • Similar for everyone
  • Builds on earlier learning
  • Proceeds at an individual rate
  • Different areas of child development are
    interrelated
  • Continuous throughout life

10
Importance of Play
  • Physically
  • Muscles in back, arms and legs develop
  • Strength and balance
  • Fine motor skills
  • Intellectually
  • Gathering and organizing
  • Emotionally
  • Helps children work through lifes challenges and
    problems
  • Socially
  • Gradually learn to play together

11
How to observe play
  • Choose a time and a place
  • Record what you see
  • Watch interactions with others
  • Keep observations confidential

12
Influences on Development
  • Heredity
  • Environment
  • Peers
  • Community

13
Exit Slip
  • On your own paper, discuss your response to the
    following statement
  • Only students who already are parents, plan to
    become parents or who want careers in
    child-related fields should study child
    development.
  • Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?

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