A Comprehensive Survey Of Child Development Literature

introduction to child development book

Best used by educators who plan topical or chronological lessons, using sq3r format. (SQU3R stands for: Subject, Question, Response).

Using a book-in-mini-class approach, this bestseller consists of a 16-chapter unit, each introducing a key concept and giving resources and suggestions for further reading and use in the classroom. It focuses on several key areas of early childhood development including: birth and growth, environment, language, family, security, safety, self-esteem, relationships, self-direction, self-trust, socialization, quality time, self-organization, social skills, and traveling experiences. Chapter one focuses on the concepts of birth and growth. Viorsst discusses the significance of timing and the importance of the parent-child bond in early childhood. She demonstrates how choosing the right colors for a baby shower can make a difference in how much a baby feels love and care.

The Four Different Areas

A little girl smiling at the camera

A look at the four different areas of early child development includes: infancy, early childhood, toddler, and preschool. Viorsst discusses why it is important to start up early with sound advice for families and caregivers. She offers practical advice on feeding, bathing, clothing, and toilet training. She makes a good case for the importance of early detection of tooth decay, even for infants. In unit two, Viorsst looks at several strategies for promoting sound sleep through sound bed surfaces and by teaching sleep habits, including deep muscle relaxation and positive rewards.

Unit three, which includes an afterword, focuses on Viorsst’s use of stories as a tool for young children’s development. The afterword provides a review of this introduction and a final word on important considerations when planning a nursery. This is followed by a bibliography and a concluding chapter on current literature on development. The introduction and conclusion are well written and provide many tips for parents of imminent or potential young children.

An Infant Nursery

A little girl wearing a hat

The fourth section of the forty-five page book is about planning an infant nursery. Part one of this chapter provides a basic introduction to child psychology, an introduction to development problems and what parents need to know about early childhood development. Part two describes common problems in this area. Part three describes some typical crib designs. The fourth chapter briefly reviews child language development books.

Part one of this introduction to child development book covers the major issues of the day-to-day life of a child beginning at birth. It includes information about nutrition and birth control, giving birth, vaginal delivery, newborn care, the father’s role in child development and death. Then there is a short biographical sketch of Mrs. Ella Taylor, the great Australian woman who developed the world’s first early childhood hospital.

Child Development Home Care

She discusses her work with retarded children and outlines her own discoveries on the causes and treatment of retarded youngsters. It then goes on to describe five other hospitals with special interest in child development, such as The London School of Psychology, University of Toronto and the School of Nursing in Canada.

The next fifty pages of the forty-five page book are divided roughly equally between the advantages of home nursing and child development home care. The introduction briefly reviews some important current issues, such as the need for early childhood education, a review of the current debate on single parenting and the benefits of shared parental care. Then there is a short essay that gives the historical context of up-to-date publications and an account of important research in this field. An introduction to a child development book might also include a bibliography, a table of contents and index.

Final Words

The following four chapters constitute the core of the Introduction to Child Development book. Chapter one explores the broad perspectives of this book and what it can do for parents and their families. Chapter two looks at the main areas of child development, with particular reference given to the physical, emotional, intellectual and behavioral aspects. Chapter three looks at some common difficulties that parents face, including adjustment disorders and mental health problems. Finally, chapter four describes the benefits of having a comprehensive survey of child development literature.

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