Health and Human Development - Features of development
Features of development
The pattern of development is continuous and predictable for all
nationalities in every country.
While the pattern is continuous and predictable, the timing of development
will vary depending on the inherited and environmental influences.
When you examine the tables you can see the variation at different stages
of the lifespan.
Early growth and development is more critical than later development. At
the pre-natal stage and in the first year any influences will have an on
going impact on the development of the individual.
No matter what the type of development, change is involved. Change may be
in size, shape and /or function. Because of the predictable nature of
change, as mentioned in the first point, 'normal' patterns are established.
Variation in the sequence of timing occurs as a result of genetic and
environmental influences. The child can learn skills associated with
walking, but muscle and bone development will need to be ready before the
child can walk.
In all aspects of development broad skills, understandings and behaviours
are first acquired and then the fine details develop.
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