The Five Level Development Model

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Introduction Child development is a process whereby children learn various skills and experience a wide range of physical, emotional, cognitive and even spiritual or moral changes. All children are subjected to development although the rate at which children develop varies from child to child. Development is an ongoing process and although development occurs at a faster rate during infancy and toddlerhood, individuals still undergo development right throughout adulthood. The five level development model is a model designed to differentiate between the individual stages and levels of child development. There are a number of developmental milestones during which children learn and accomplish specific skills that occur at predictable time periods (HowKidsDevelop, 2008). This essay aims to provide an overview of the five level development model by making specific reference to the psychosocial and social context approach and focusing on the development from childbirth to three years of age. This will also present a discussion on developmental milestones and the factors that contribute to the delay of reaching these…show more content…
Personal growth manifests in social interaction and both the self and the mind evolve within a social context (Serafica, 2015). Therefore this development approach further incorporates the child’s environment into the development process along with the relationships formed between the child and the people within the respective environment. From birth to toddlerhood children form relationships with their parents or caregivers where the child is completely dependent on the parent or caregiver. This approach also contributes to basic friendships developed between the toddler and other individuals such as siblings and other family members through smiling, face recognition and gentle
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