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Emotional and Physical Development in Children Infants grow at a very rapid rate during the first one and a half years of life Their development is not only physical it is also mental emotionally and social These developments are the blue prints for further development in life During development there are three basic developmental laws The first one is the babys development in the head region followed by the upper body followed by the trunk portion and lastly the legs and feet For example a baby can hold up their heads first before they can grab an object with their hand The second law is the babys motor skills Motor skills are the childs ability to control movement There are two basic types of motor skills they are large motor skills and fine motor skills Large motor skills deal with all the large muscles fine motor skills deal with smaller muscles in the body The 3rd developmental law is Brain development As the brain develops a child responds more and more to sight and sound Babies are born having some sort of reflexes in order for them to adapt to their surroundings In the first 2 weeks after birth infants develop some new reflexes Babies begin to explore their grasping reflex where they can hold tightly to an object A lot of these behaviors are important for a childs survival without these a child would not be able to physically develop The absence of reflexes in a newborn is signals of possible problems in brain development A babys attention span is very limited In the first two months they can only focus on an edge of an object however by the end of the 2nd month they can see a whole object Newborns can hear
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