Atypical Child Development

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Normal or typical development is “the process of growing, changing, and acquiring a range of skills at approximately the same age and in the same sequence as the majority of children of similar age.” (Allen 81) As sad as it sounds, children and their developmental stages are rather predictable. I work at a preschool and more often than not we find ourselves seeing the typical developmental process. A developmental sequence tend to be predictable and based off of observations of children of the same age. An example of motor development sequence is first a child touches toys, then grasps them, then holds their bottle, and then begins to throw and shake toys. An example of cognitive development sequence is when a child is writing their name they …show more content…
An example of social developmental sequence is when a child first starts school they are very shy and unwilling to let go of their mother’s leg. As the days go on, they begin to reach out and play with other students, become familiar with new faces, and create a personal …show more content…
Teachers need to have a full understanding of the child and what to expect in the environment. If a child is at an atypical developmental stage, we as caregivers still need to worry about other aspects of the child, especially their feelings. Even though we are human and judge one another, it is important that we realize developmental differences and the importance of nurturing and comforting the children to create an understanding and accepting environment. “Atypical development is any aspect of a child’s physical or psychological makeup that is different from what is generally accepted as typical to early childhood” (Allen 80). On a personal note, I am marrying into a family that has two developmentally delayed brothers. I have grown to love them as if they are my own brothers. As I hold a conversation and help guide them when they are having problems, I cannot help but smile at how much they value and see the good in life. I often find myself correcting people as they use wrong terminology or use words such as “retarded” towards others because it is very critical and hurtful. Learning about delays and developmental risks is such a cool sense of knowledge to experience, however you must be open minded and accepting to

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