Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 1, Lesson 3
In previous lessons, we have identified typical child development and theories that describe child development. This lesson will focus on the many factors that can affect a child's development. Some factors can affect a child's development prior to birth, during birth, and/or after birth and can consist of biological, environmental, and/or cultural influences. This lesson will provide an overview of the various factors that can affect child development.
Upon completion of this lesson, you will be able to:
- Explain the concept "nature vs nurture"
- Identify and explain three factors that may lead to atypical development
- Identify factors that affect attachment/emotional security of a child
- Describe various prenatal environmental influences that affect child development (teratogens, maternal factors, prenatal health care)
- Describe how environment and culture can influence child development
- Discuss the effect of child abuse/neglect on child development
- Explain how heredity affects early physical growth (genetic disorders, etc.)
- Identify biological factors that affect the overall developing child
- Discuss the importance of good nutrition and its effect on child development
- Identify birth complications/trauma that effect child development (e.g., oxygen deprivation, preterm/low-birth weight, post term infants)
- Discuss how parental and caregiver influence/interaction can affect the developmental outcome of a child.
The following resources are necessary for the completion of this lesson. Learners may wish to access and print a hard copy of the resources prior to beginning the lesson and for future reference. Some resource documents can be found in the Resource Bank. Others are available online.
Health Care Disparities
Definitions of key words are found in the glossary.
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