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Stages of Intellectual DevelopmentIn Children and Teenagers This page presents an overview of the development of intellectual abilities Children are not little adults Until they reach the age of 15 or so they are not capable of reasoning as an adult The following information is based on the work of Jean Piaget He was not a psychologist He was a developmental biologist who devoted his life to closely observing and recording the intellectual abilities of infants children and adolescents The stages of intellectual development formulated by Piaget appear to be related to major developments in brain growth The human brain is not fully developed until late adolescence or in the case of males sometimes early adulthood We often expect children to think like adults when they are not yet capable of doing so It is important that parents know what to expect from their child as they develop and to be sure that the expectations they may have for their child at a given age are realistic Piagets Stages of Cognitive Development Developmental Stage Approximate AgeCharacteristic Behavior Sensory Motor Period0 - 24 months Reflexive Stage 0-2 monthsSimple reflex activity such as grasping sucking Primary Circular Reactions2-4 monthsReflexive behaviors occur in stereotyped repetition such as opening and closing fingers repetitively Secondary Circular Reactions 4-8 monthsRepetition of change actions to reproduce interesting consequences such as kicking ones feet to more a mobile suspended over the crib Coordination of Secondary Reactions 8-12 monthsResponses become coordinated into more complex sequences Actions take on an intentional character such as the infant reaches behind a screen to obtain a hidden object Tertiary Circular Reactions12-18 monthsDiscovery of new ways to produce the same consequence or obtain the same goal such as the infant may pull a pillow toward him in an attempt to get a toy resting on it Invention of New Means Through Mental Combination 18-24 monthsEvidence of an internal representational system Symbolizing the problem-solving sequence before actually
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