Explain the Difference Between Sequence of Development and Rate of Development and Why the Difference Is Important

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Task 2
CYP 3.1 (1.2)
Explain the difference between sequence of development and rate of development and why is this difference important.
Sequence of development refers to the normal sequence in which children learn different skills, and the rate of development refers to the speed in which a child will develop. However, according to Burnham et al (2010) the difference between the sequence of development and the rate of development is that the sequence refers to the normal or expected sequence in which children learn different skills. The rate of development refers to the speed in which a child will develop. However the sequences are common among most children but the rate in which they develop the skills changes. The sequence and rate
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Therefore it is important to note the difference of the sequence and rate of child development.
In conclusion the sequence of development refers to the normal expected sequence in which children learn different skills, and the rate of development refers to the speed in which the child will develop. However the difference between the sequence of development and the rate of development is that the sequence stays the same, hence the rate varies or changes. The other reason is that other children move from stage to stage faster than other children, because each child is unique and develop in their own way, therefore the child’s development is to be viewed in a holistic way. In addition when observing the stages of child’s development all areas has to be viewed these are physical, social, intellectual and language. However, the difference between the sequence of development and the rate of development is important because, it helps identify where children need help or may be at risk of having special education need. In addition identifying the problem will help the school work with other professional to help the child learn the skills they are struggling with. It will also help the school plan and implement ways to ensure that the child has enough support they require. In most cases the child is referred to an appropriate professional to make sure their needs are met effectively.

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