Child Development: Early Stages Through Age 12 explores the many stages of growth and development that children experience from the prenatal stage through the school-age years. Through an in-depth, comprehensive study of children's physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development, students will learn positive ways to care for children and meet their needs during these formative early years.
The works of major child development theorists, such as Erikson, Piaget, Vygotsky, Gardner, and Kohlberg are featured throughout the text. These examples of renowned work provide important information needed when working with young children.
Career information is presented about various child-related occupations, identifying the necessary skills, on-the-job duties, and education requirements needed for achieving success in a child-related career.
Brain studies, 21st Century learning, and mental health risk factors are explored in depth to present current research findings in child development.
Mental Health Advisories provide information about risk factors, such as toxic stress, to raise awareness of understanding about factors that can contribute to mental health problems throughout life.
Developmental Milestone and Developmental Delay charts explain the different milestones children accomplish by certain ages to reinforce what to expect developmentally at each stage of the child's life.
Each chapter is broken into lessons, making it easy to assign manageable chunks and create lessons that introduce and reinforce content for maximum understanding.
1. Learning About Children 2. New Directions in Child Development 3. Families Today 4. Preparing for Parenting
Pregnancy and Childbirth
5. Pregnancy 6. Special Circumstances of Pregnancy 7. Childbirth
8. Physical Development in the First Year 9. Intellectual Development in the First Year 10. Social-Emotional Development in the First Year
The Toddler Years
11. Physical Development of Toddlers 12. Intellectual Development of Toddlers 13. Social-Emotional Development of Toddlers
The Preschool Years
14. Physical Development of Preschoolers 15. Intellectual Development of Preschoolers 16. Social-Emotional Development of Preschoolers
The School-Age Years
17. Physical Development of School-Age Children 18. Intellectual Development of School-Age Children 19. Social-Emotional Development of School-Age Children
Guiding and Caring for Children
20. Encouraging Children's Play Experiences 21. Protecting Children's Physical Health and Safety 22. Handling Family-Life Challenges 23. Meeting Children's Special Needs 24. Providing Early Childhood Education in Group Settings 25. Preparing for a Child-Related Career Glossary Index
Celia Anita Decker, Ed.D. - was a former professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Northwestern State University of Louisiana before moving to Castle Rock, Colorado. She taught courses in early childhood education, child development, and family relations. Dr. Decker was coordinator of graduate studies in early childhood education. Before her position at Northwestern State University, she taught college courses at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M at Commerce) and at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Dr. Decker also taught public school kindergarten in Kansas City, Kansas.