Stages of Development in Your Child

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If you have a child and you want to give them the best start possible in life, then you need to know about the stages of development in children. Knowing about this will help you be prepared for what your child is going through. This is a very important thing to do so that you can be there to help them through this amazing experience. You will want to be there for your child no matter what because you will be there forever.

Stage One –

Little or no comprehension of what is happening. Your child may have little awareness of his or her environment but does not have a clear idea on what he or she wants out of life. Your child’s level of intelligence will be in a very basic stage. He or she might be able to follow simple instructions, like helping others, or might be able to follow a few simple commands. But overall, your child has not reached any of the stages of development yet.

Stage Two –

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The child is beginning to become aware of his or her surroundings. In the first year he or she may only be able to recognize people who are around the house on a regular basis. By the second year your child should be able to recognize people that he or she does not ordinarily see on a daily basis. By the third year your child should be able to recognize people that he or she sees every day at work.

Stage Three –

The child has an understanding of himself or herself and a strong sense of personal identity. The child is now beginning to realize that others can be friends and that they can also look out for him or her. The child’s self-esteem has also reached a point where he or she is able to develop a positive self-image. The child might have also developed a few basic social skills like recognizing and knowing when someone is talking about him or her. The child now realizes that he or she is separate from the rest of the world and that they need to treat each other with respect. The child might have also been able to distinguish or understand a specific problem like being dropped or picked on during the first year, or recognizing when his or her clothes are dirty.

Stage Four –

The child has begun to be able to communicate in spoken and expressive language. He or she can now tell you his or her name and you would be able to understand the child. He or she can express simple ideas or thoughts through words, naming colors, shapes, and people. The child may also be able to understand humor. By this stage there is an improvement in the child’s verbal development but there are still some problems which need to be addressed.

Stage Five –

By this stage your child no longer wants to be referred to as just “boy” or “girl”. Instead, your child will want to have a more formal title. He or she will be able to easily get their wants met. They are also now beginning to show signs of being independent.

Stage Six –

The child is beginning to develop his or her cognitive skills. This is probably the most important stage of development there is. Cognitive skills refer to the ability to think, reason, solve problems, and use one’s body to make things happen. It also includes the ability to interact with others socially. In this stage, the child has taken some basic communication skills for granted. There is no longer a need to rely on words to communicate with others.

Stage Seven –

At this stage your child has started to become more interested in the outside world. He or she will probably be showing signs of being curious about the culture he or she is surrounded by. He or she is likely to start speaking foreign languages. Some children do this before they go through the previous six stages of development. If your child has started to go through each of these stages then she or he will most likely begin to develop a deeper knowledge of the culture he or she is in.

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