the stages and patterns of human growth and devlopment

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What Is Growth And Devlopment?

Growth: is how we increase in size and mass eg. we get taller as we get older

Devlopment: how we increase in skills and intellectual abilty such as learning to couns and talk

In each life stage there is growth and devlopment

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Physical Growth infants have primitve reflexes:

****ing reflex- infant will **** on finger placed in mouth

rooting reflex- they will turn head facing for ******

grasping reflex- will curl funger round anything in hand

stepping relfex- if held infant will make stepping movements

startle/moro reflex- a loud noise will make infant open hands and throw arms abck

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Milestones of Physical devlopment for infants



 3 months

can sit with head held  for few secs

 6 months

can lift head and sit with support

 9 months

can pull themsleves to stand and can sit unsuppoted for 10 mins

 12 months

crawl fast, can walk if holding onto furniture

 15 months

 walk upstairs and can get to feet

 18 months

 can run upstaris and crawl down

 2 years

 walk downstairs

 3 years

 climb on play equipment

gross motor skills: using muscles  fine motor skills: using fingers

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Intellctual Devlopment in infancy



 3 months

 make noises when talked to

 9 months

 understand a few words

 12 months

 know own name and undertand simple comands

 15 months

 obey simple commands and can say a few words

 18 months

 can put few words together to make simple sentences

 2 years

 can use around 50 words

 2.5 years

 use 200 words asks questions all the time

 3 years

 can carry simple conversations


infants learn by watching others

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Milestones in emotional devlopment




 smiles at parent

 3 months

 enjoys being talked to

 6 months

 afraid fo strangers, laughs when enjoying things

 9 months

 likes to make noise

 1 year

 enjoys playing games

 2 years

 expresses feelings and likes to try new things

 3 years


Infants will devlop a strong emotional bond with parent or main carer which is called and attachemnt relationship.

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Physical devlopment in childhood

In childhood there is a growth spurt between 5 and 7

examples of physical devlopment are :

  • second permanent teeth grow
  • enjoys playing board games
  • devlops distinct features
  • baby fat is lost



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Intellectual and emotional devlopment in childhood


At this life stage children will start school and learn new things


  • confident
  • compares self with others
  • temper tantrums
  • makes close friendships
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social devlopment in childhood

examples of social devlopment:

  • play with children of same gender
  • understand feelings of others
  • independent
  • enjoy talking with others
  • play with other children
  • may become self-concious
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Intellectual and emotional devlopment in Adolesenc


in this life stage teenager have lots of exams which can cause pressure and stress. The also begin to syntheize information which is called abstract thinking.


 because of hormones teenagers can find it hard to controll thier emotions which leads to mood swings

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social devlopment in Adolesence

Teenagers start to form a peer group and approval is impotant so adolesencets expperinment to try to fit into groups.

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adulthood is the stgae where you are physicaly mature.

P:  adults that have a sedetary job will find that they might gian weight dut to lack of movnet during the day

I: adults have to learn new skills such as mamging money, learning skills for work and raising children

E: controlling emotions, sharing, listening to others

S: adluts may get married and start a family

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Natasha Bennett

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