Research shows that the early years set the stage for all future development. We know more now than ever before about how young children learn, think and grow. All children are born eager to explore their world and master their development. From birth to a child's third birthday, development proceeds at a pace exceeding that of any stage of life. Infants and toddlers rapidly develop capabilities in emotional regulation, relationships, cognition, motor development, and language. These capabilities form the foundation from which all future development builds.
This course is designed to help you do the following:
Follow a child's growth and development from birth to three years of age.
Familiarize yourself with the developmental milestones of the first three years.
Learn and use the information and the skills needed to serve as a caregiver to children.
Examine the opportunities for a career in child development, child care, or related fields.
Better understand the responsibilities of parenthood.
Decide whether children will have a major or a minor place in your future.
Caring for young children involves many commitments and responsibilities. Perhaps the greatest of these is helping a child develop a positive self-concept and healthy self-esteem. With these assets, a child will be better able to make wise decisions, relate well to others, and assume responsibility for his or her own life.
Lesson 1 : Brain Development
Just three weeks after conception, the human brain begins forming, but in many ways, brain development is a lifelong project.
Lesson 2 : Developmental Connections in Early Childhood
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, various aspects of early childhood development are linked.
Lesson 3 : Infant Growth & Development
Infants experience many stages of growth and development. Growth refers to an increase in size or weight.
Lesson 4 : Early Language & Literacy
Language and intellectual development appear to be closely related. Thus observa-tions of how children develop language also provide information on their cognitive development.
Lesson 5 : The Importance of Play
Playing with a baby begins by engaging all of his senses. His eyes, ears, nose, hands, and mouth are his tools.
Lesson 6 : Communicating with Your Baby
From the moment of birth, your baby begins to communicate. At first, the newborn's cries may seem like a foreign language to you, but before you know it, you will learn your baby's "language"
Lesson 7 : Cognitive Development
Cognitive development refers to a child's growing ability to perceive, remember, think, reason, and solve problems.
Lesson 8 : Emotional and Social Development
At birth, infants show the beginning of a personality all their own. Some babies cry a lot; others seldom do. Some may be tense; others are more relaxed.
Lesson 9 : The Effects of Maltreatment on Early Brain Development
In a bulletin produced by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, research was cited which indicated that babies' brains grow and develop as they interact with their environment and learn how to function within that environment.
Lesson 10 : Developmental Issues of Premature Infants
Babies born before their expected due dates have always elicited a double dose of compassion from those of us who are touched by their entrance into the world.
Lesson 11 : Developmental Disabilities
It is natural to compare your child with others his age. When the neighbor's baby walks at 10 months, for example, you may worry if yours does not crawl until 13 months.