The difference between the sequence and rate of development is:
It is series of change or growth that process undertakes, normally to improve on that process, leading to a mature stage.
It is when one event follows one event after another, secession, and the events that happen after a previous event has taken place are normally dependent of the previous event.
It is a quantity of something in comparison with, example, from the birth of a child to the moment the child will start to talk, the child will go through different stages of development and different rates.
Why this difference is important The sequence of a child’s development guides us as to what stage of development they are at. This enables us to record mile stones when reached. Always we have to remember that children develop at different stages, information and resources we receive are only guidelines, these help us to monitor what children can and cannot do at certain stages in their lives. It will also help us to plan effectively to ensure they get the attention they need, in the areas in which they find challenging.
The difference between the sequence and rate is very important to recognise so we can identify where children need help or may be at risk of having Special Education Needs (SEN).
Example: Physical development, follows a definite sequence, an example of this would be that a baby would have to first learn how to hold his/her own head up before he/she would be able to sit with just its lower back supported.
Example: Cognitive Development, from the birth of a child to the moment the child starts to talk the child will go through different stages of development and different rate. First baby will start to learn simple reflexes through exploring new objects, through the means of touching and seeing, over an average period of six weeks.
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