Early Childhood: Typical & Atypical Development explores contemporary best practice and perspectives on early childhood development. The content of this online course includes patterns and sequences of typical development for children from birth to six years. Emphasis is on individual differences, cultural influences, and the impact of developmental delay and disability during infancy, toddlerhood, and the preschool years. Discussion will also include instructional technology (IT) and assistive technology (AT) applications for this population.
Course Objectives include:
- Identify sequences of developmental milestones in cognitive, social, motor, and communication domains for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
- Specify individual differences in development that are influenced by child characteristics, as well as family and cultural expectations.
- Adjust interactions with individual children (based on developmental status and unique characteristics) and with individual families (based on unique family culture and dynamics).
- Select toys, books, and activities that support the development of young children, including those with special needs, individually and in small groups.
- Provide resources for parents of young children, and for continued professional development, including: developmental information on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; services for young children with special needs; sources of equipment, supplies, and instructional and resource materials.
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