The human body is constantly changing. From the moment an infant is born, his or her brain, organs and muscles begin to change. Every child develops at his or her own pace. A child changes more in infancy than any other one-year development period in his life.

When do people start speaking and walking?

When do they get taller?

What factors influence infant development?

Stages of Development.

Is crying normal for infants?

How do you respond to a crying infant?

S.I.D.S. (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

Shaken Baby Syndrome.

A 2 1/2 hour Certificate of Completion is issued for this workshop.

Exerpt from the Course.

EARLY CHILDHOOD WITH INFANTS

When do people start speaking and walking? When do they stop getting taller? In what ways are newborn infants different from newborns?

The human body is constantly changing. From the moment an infant is born, his or her brain, organs, and muscles begin to grow and change.

Early Childhood Development refers to the first stage in the human lifespan: from birth to age 5. During the early childhood stage a child grows from a helpless newborn into an intelligent, curious, energetic, kindergartener. In the process the child builds a foundation for lifelong physical, intellectual and emotional development.

Age ranges are often used to describe stages in early childhood development. However this can be misleading because every child develops at his or her own pace. Age ranges are used to illustrate basic targets or milestones one can expect to see during various stages of development. Each stage is important in its own way, but none is as important or full of change than infancy. A child changes more in infancy than any other one year period in his life.

Infancy refers to the first year of life - the earliest stage of early childhood development.

The first three factors that influence infant development are:

  • Genetics (Characteristics inherited from parents)
  • Gender (Male or Female)
  • Birth order (Oldest, middle, youngest, or only child)

Each of these factors is determined before birth. However, these factors will play an important role in the child’s physical, emotional and intellectual development, not only in infancy but throughout his life.