Early Childhood Growth and Development

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EARLY CHILDHOOD GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT
VALERIE L. GRIFFIN
ECE205: INTRODUCTION to CHILD DEVELOPMENT
CNC1239A
K. PALICHUK, INSTRUCTOR
October 8, 2012

This assignment we were asked to review chapter 2 of our text Developmental Profiles: Pre-Birth through Twelve. We were asked to write a three to four page paper which includes the following: * A description of how the concept of development differs from the concept of growth. * A summary of the domains of development identified in chapter 2 course text * An analysis of the developmental milestone examples in the text i.e. sitting, walking, talking and the purpose they serve. * Lastly, identify and explain three factors that may contribute to atypical development. Now that we have all of this discussed and what this paper entails let us get to it. Before we can even get into the meat of this paper we first must know and understand the definition and the difference between development and growth. Our text gives us a definition of both growth and development. Development according to our text refers to an increase in complexity, from simple to more complicated and detailed. Growth is defined in our text as physical changes leading to an increase in size. (Allen & Marotz, 2010) The terms growth and development refers to a dynamic process. Often used interchangeably, these terms have different meanings. Growth and development are interdependent, interrelated process. Growth generally takes place during the first 20 years of life; Development continues after that. (www.scribd.com).

After reading the above lines and sitting and contemplating on them. The Human Growth and Development website stated that “Growth takes place during the first 20 years of life and development continues after that.” (www.scribd.com). I am not a board certified doctor but I do disagree with that statement because of that fact that yes growth and development are interdependent of one another but we all develop as we...
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