Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Typical Development between 0 and 5 Years

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Communication Therapy

DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces the various aspects of normal development (from birth through to age 5), their interrelation and their manifestation at the various stages of development.

The aspects of normal development covered are:
- Motor development;
- Sensory development;
- Cognitive development;
- Social development;
- Speech, language and communication development.

Besides dealing with each aspect individually, an integrated approach is adopted to illustrate the influence that the various areas of development have on each other and on the child’s interaction. The child’s role as an active participant in the interaction with his/her environment is emphasised, together with the importance of environmental influences (other participants, objects, settings etc.)

Study-unit Aims:

- To develop an understanding of motor, sensory, cognitive, social and communicative development in the early years;
- To draw on this theoretical knowledge during the observation of infants, toddlers and pre-school children and in the compilation of their developmental profiles.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- draw on his/her theoretical understanding of the components of normal development to understand his/her observations of three children, each of whom will be at a different stage of development between birth and 5 years;
- report his/her observations and recordings, applying the relevant theoretical knowledge to aid interpretation;
- appreciate the uniqueness demonstrated by every child during the developmental process;
- evaluate the influence of genetic and environmental variables on the child's development.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- engage in the construction of observation checklists that enhance the quality and outcome of observational methods of data collection;
- demonstrate the ability to compile a developmental profile for each child observed;
- demonstrate an appreciation of the interactive effect of various components on child development throughout the early years.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Bee, H. and Boyd, D. (2014) The Developing Child (13th ed.) Pearson.
- Meggitt, C. (2007) Child Development: An illustrated guide. Heinemann.
- Roberts, M. and Tamburrini, J. (1981) Child Development 0 – 5. Holmes McDougall.
- Sheridan, M.D. (1999) Play in Early Childhood. Oxon: Routledge.
- Sheridan, M. D. (1997) From birth to five years: Children’s developmental progress. Routledge.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Daniela R. Gatt

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