Unit 6 Understand Child and Young Person's Development

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Unit 6 Understand child and young person’s development. 09.09.13 Review A child's development usually follows a known and predictable course. The acquisition of certain skills and abilities is often used to gauge such development. Children will reach milestones at certain ages throughout their development, if a child does not seem to be achieving these areas of development this may be a concern and an area that needs special attention. From birth to 19 years a child should achieve a number of significant development areas, these are determined by a sequence of development and the rate of development. Rate/Speed involves a time frame linked to age. Sequence/Order involves patterns and an order of development linked to body, mobility and intellectual growth - sequence can include an order that's both positive and negative - deterioration. Rate - what happens at 1 year old, 24 months old, 7 years old? Sequence - how things happen in an expected order, sequence i.e.: breastfed, weaned, full meals. Lie, sit, crawl - maybe, stand, walk, run... Sequence of development is the order that a child develops but this can vary in each child. For example one child may start with rolling over then sit up, then crawl and then start walking but another child may just sit up, then crawl and then start walking. The rate of development is the speed of which a child develops but this can also vary a great deal in each child. For example one child may start walking unaided before their first birthday but another child may not start walking unaided until after their first birthday. It’s important to know the difference between the sequence and rate of development as it helps to meet the children’s individual needs. It helps you recognise if any children have special educational needs and helps you plan to make sure they are getting the help and support they may need.
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