- Language development generally takes place in stages. Review page 192, “Visualizing Development – Early Communication and Language Development” of your course text, which discusses the evolution of oral language in young children, and then explain the differences between cooing, babbling, receptive language, and expressive language. Based on the 4 theories of language development theories described on pages 193 – 199 of your course text, summarize the role of important adults in a young child’s language development.
- As stated in your course text, both a child’s temperament and his or her “goodness of fit” can influence early development. Review the Temperament section on pages 210 -212 in the text. In your own words, define goodness of fit. Then reflect on your own childhood. Use the information in this section to help you describe your temperament as a young child and whether you experienced goodness of fit with any one person or situation in your early life. As part of your answer, either explain why you believe you experienced goodness of fit, or explain what would have promoted greater goodness of fit with a key person or situation.
- The course states that, “Each day of looking and learning seems insignificant, yet responses accumulate to develop a toddler who thinks, understands, pretends, and explains.” (Berger, 2016, p.171) Based on the Learning Resources for this week, provide an example of developmental growth that typically occurs between birth and age 2 in each of the domains—physical, cognitive, and social and emotional. Then, briefly explain how experiences accumulate and contribute to each of these developmental changes.
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