Course Description

The first chapter will present an introduction to the study of child development from conception to age 6. We will examine the historical roots and methods of child study, major psychological theories, and developmental principles and definitions. This information will provide grounding for the following chapters on specific ages and developmental areas. In the second chapter we will start to study child development chronologically. We begin with conception and growth before birth. This overview will include both typical and atypical conception, pregnancy, prenatal development and care, labor, and birth. Next, we consider the special characteristics and needs of the newly delivered baby, including common developmental variations. The third chapter starts with the end of the newborn period and covers infants from one to 12 months. The tremendous growth and development of infants in each domain--motor, cognitive, language, and social-emotional?is detailed. Milestones, developmental variations, and red flags will be included for each area. Next, we will focus on toddlers. Although there is no exact age when infancy ends and toddlerhood begins, we will study children in the second and third years of life (or ages 1 and 2). The rapid blossoming of abilities in all domains in this stage of life, from learning to talk to jumping and playing, is covered in this chapter. Finally, chapter four discusses early childhood, called the magic years (Fraiberg, 1959), of children 3-6 years old. The preschool period is a time of great discovery, testing and wonder. Students will learn about typical and varied preschool development in many areas?moral, social, self-esteem, early learning, motor skills, communication abilities, and more . Some information about the development of young school-age children is also included in this section. Indicators, or red flags, indicating developmental delay or deviation are detailed in all chapters. Each chapter contains additional handouts or attachments that cover specific topics from the chapter in greater depth. They are provided for you to read, ponder, and apply to the early childhood education setting in which you work. Some of the topics are intended for you, as the professional, while others are intended for you to pass on to parents, when appropriate. After completing each chapter, you will be required
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Section Title
EC: Typical & Atypical Devl
Section Schedule
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Course Fee(s)
TP0003 credit (3 units) $444.00
Available for Credit
3 units
Reading List / Textbook
Early Childhood: Typical & Atypical Development
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