Summarise the Main Development of a Child from the Age Range 0-2 Years, 3-5 Years and 5-8 Years.

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WORKING THERAPEUTICALLY WITH CHILDREN Assignment 1 Summarise the main development of a child from the age range 0-2 years, 3-5 years and 5-8 years. Most children will go through the same stages of development although they will do so at varying rates depending on numerous factors. When a baby is first born they will lie on their backs for the first 3 months. He will be able to focus on objects close to the face and respond to voices or other sounds by crying or gurgling. At around 6 weeks the baby will first start to smile and will enjoy routines such as feeding or cuddling, particularly with the main carer. At the end of this stage the baby is able to start lifting his head and will be able to kick his legs vigorously. By this…show more content…
By 2 years old the child will have a developing vocabulary of around 50 words but will understand many more. At this stage the child will become much more independent, feeding and attempting to dress himself and his sense of identity increases. By the time a child reaches 3 years old gross motor skills will have improved dramatically, they will be able to run in all directions, jump and walk on tiptoes. Fine motor skills will also have improved enabling the child to master more complex skills such as using scissors and controlling a pencil or paintbrush. Using stories, rhymes and songs at this stage will increase the childs language skills, enabling him to speak in more complex sentences which in turn will allow him to express his emotions with more clarity. However, social skills are still developing and tantrums can still occur if the child does not get his own way with his friends. Between the ages of 4 and 5 physical development is improving at a rapid speed. The child will have developed his gross and fine motor skills resulting in improved balance, being able to skip and play simple ball games and his drawings and paintings will be recognisable. The child will become much more aware and interested in the world around him prompting endless questions and a desire to learn. He may be able to recognise simple, common words and count repetitively. At this stage the child has become able to control his emotions to a much better degree and can also recognise
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