Health and Social Care a-Level Unit 4 Development Through the Life Stages Describe Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social Development for Each of the Life Stages of an Individual

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Physical development

The following report describes the different physical, intellectual, emotional and social developments at each life stage. The following explains what could/should happen at each stage of Chelsea O’Mahony’s life equally it could happen to any individual.

Immediately upon conception, cellular development begins.

In the first month of pregnancy head and trunk appear and tiny arm buds begin to form, followed by leg buds. The early embryo seems to have a "tail", but this is really a protective covering for the spinal cord because the central nervous system (brain, spine and spinal cord) is so important. At this point of development the structures that eventually form the face and neck are becoming
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By five years of age an infant should be able to balance on one leg for 10 seconds, hop and may even be able to skip. Also at five years old a child can easily dress and undress.
Between 6-11 years of age children typically grow between 2-3 inches a year and gaining 5 pounds a year is normal and appropriate as they grow.
At seven years old a child should be able to brush their teeth and wash with no supervision or help, they may be able to help in the kitchen and begin to learn to cook simple meals/cakes. Flexibility, balance, agility, and force will all improve during mid-childhood as this is when gross motor skills continue to develop. Between seven and eight years many children start to explore weight bearing activities that require the transfer of weight from feet to hands and back to feet such as cartwheels and handstands.
At eight years weight becomes easier to gain than before and larger muscles begin to develop in arms and legs at this age. Physical changes will occur at around 8 years old, the face and body may begin to change especially as their protuberant, rounded belly and chubby cheeks will begin to disappear. Eight year olds will have more control over smaller muscles enabling them to do things such as drawing/colouring with more accuracy and detail. Stamina and strength will also continue to increase
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