Understanding Child Development Stages

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The different stages of child development can be divided into three different stages namely pre-linguistic, post-linguistic and adult. These stages are related to the cognitive, linguistic and behavioral characteristics of a person. Each stage has an equal importance. A child’s growth is influenced by the different aspects of their environment.

The pre-linguistic stage is when a child starts to develop their speech, language and writing abilities. It is a developmental stage where they learn to comprehend sounds and words in order to speak them. Children at this stage tend to use speech patterns that they have learned. This stage is also known as the language-maturation stage. A child from this stage can begin to interact with others.

Language development in this stage helps children to read and write different types of language such as, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and many more. They can also read and understand music. They can also understand the meaning of pictures on the paper.


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Language-development in this stage allows them to communicate with others and understand their words. This stage is also called the linguistic-maturation stage. A child from this stage has developed the ability to use both auditory and written language.

This stage is also referred to as the verbal-maturation stage. At this stage they are able to read and write simple sentences. The vocabulary of a child at this stage can be compared to an adult. A child can also learn to express his or her own thoughts, opinions and ideas.

Cognitive-development stage

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The cognitive-development stage is also known as the reflective-learning stage. At this stage, children have the ability to think and reason. They also have the ability to solve a problem by using logic.

Child-development in this stage will lead to the development of the motor skills. This involves the capacity to move, manipulate, balance, push and pull. A child can also develop the skills to manipulate objects, use the toilet, dress themselves and even play with his or her toys. In this stage they have the ability to control one’s bodily functions. At this stage they will have learned the basic movements such as walking, climbing and crawling.


Pre-linguistic is the stage where a child at this stage can speak, read and write in complete sentences. A child who has reached this stage can communicate with others through speech, but cannot read or write.

Language-development in this stage includes the ability to understand the meaning of language. At this stage, they also have a language skill where they can talk about many things. At this stage they can also understand the meaning of facial expression.

Basic-communication at this stage is also referred to as the communicative-learning. This is also referred to as verbal-communication or oral-communication.


Social-communication at this stage refers to the ability of a child to interact socially. at this stage they learn to interact with their peers, family members and friends. At this stage they also develop the ability to talk to other children and adults.

At this stage a child will begin to develop his or her basic language skills. He or she can start to repeat and understand spoken and written language. At this stage, they will be able to comprehend sentences. They also understand sentence structure.

Language-development in this stage also includes the ability to write. At this stage, they can write and print.

The language-development of a child is determined by the amount of stimulation that they receive during their early years. A child who experiences more exposure to the external environment, which includes their parents, relatives, friends and teachers will have a higher chance of developing a strong and rich vocabulary. A child who is exposed to fewer people will be able to develop more abstract and conceptual language.

Final Verdict

Child development is also determined by the type of environment that a child is brought up in. Some environments will encourage a child to express his or her self through creativity and imagination. Others will encourage a child to focus on routine and structure.

As a child gets older, he or she will continue to improve his or her cognitive skills. and develop their emotional abilities. At this point in time, they are also developing the abilities to interact with others and make friends.

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