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Infant Development: Physical (for parents)

1hour 0.1CEUs

The class is also available as part of a Knowledge Collection

$39 Parenting: The First 6 Months See Details  


Discusses the physical development of the infant, including: hand-eye coordination, sensory development, developmental norms. Also, looks at principles of growth and development and developmentally appropriate practice.

Goal: to identify normal ranges of infant development and promote developmentally appropriate practices

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Infant Development: Physical

Goal: to identify normal ranges of infant development and promote developmentally appropriate practices

Table of Contents

  1. Motor Development
  2. Hand-Eye Coordination
  3. Sensory Development
  4. Developmental Norms
  5. Principles of Growth and Development


Chapter 1: Motor Development

How does an infant change and grow in the first 365 days of life? We cannot predict exactly when a child will crawl or roll over, or on what day a child will walk, but we can predict the order in which these landmarks will generally happen.

An infant is born with over seventy reflex actions.  Crying is at first a reflex.  In fact, baby’s first cries are without tears. The grasp of a finger is also reflexive; an automatic reaction which the newborn cannot control. Stroking a newborn on the cheek will stimulate a reflex (rooting reflex) causing the baby to turn his head with an open mouth.Sucking is also a reflex.  In the first few months an infant will begin sucking only whenthe bottle or mother’s breast touches his lips.  But by the fourth month the sucking movements begin as soon as he sees the bottle.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify normal ranges of infant development for physical development, hand-eye coordination and sensory development
  • Describe developmental norms
  • Discuss the relevance of culture as it relates to developmental norms
  • Describe your observation of a principle of growth and development
  • Discuss how you can promote a developmentally appropriate practice
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