Assimilation is when a child integrates what schemas they already know with new ones. For example,

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Assimilation is when a child integrates what schemas they already know with new ones. For example, if a child is born with sucking reflexes and a nipple is put to their mouth, they will suck. In opposition, accommodation is adapting existing schemas to meet new ones; creating new understanding of experiences. For example, learning the word car to identify family vehicle, the child may then call all moving vehicles’ on the road cars (Kuhn & Siegler, 2006). Organisation is Piaget’s concept of grouping isolated behaviours into higher order systems. Every level of thought is organised. Continued refinement of this organisation is an inherent part of development. Equilibrium/equilibration is when a child balances between the above too, by…show more content…
If these phases are not established, there may be some deficiency in the development, for whatever reason, and that will require exploration as to why (Sudbery, 2010). Through studying human growth and development, when becoming a social worker the ability to recognise whether children developing accordingly to theories will be granted (Parrish, 2010). In relation to Piaget, he says these stages are important because it is the way children construct their understanding of the world. It is their way of organising knowledge and beginning physical interaction; as they grow, they refine these things and they become more complex. It is through these stages that the child’s future is shaped (Wilson & Ruch et al., 2011). The Sensorimotor is Piaget’s first stage, which happens between the ages of 0-2. Children's perception and the way they explore is based on their senses, therefore it is limited to the motor reflexes such as sucking, feeling and listening. A child develops through simple activities to a wider range by realising they are in control of their own actions. By knowing this, they also learn what actions are appropriate and the ability to communicate through sounds. Egocentrism occurs as the infant cannot distinguish between its self and its environment, but begins to throughout this stage. General symbolic function is described when

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