About Child Development
"Child development refers to the biological and psychological changes that occur in human beings between birth and the end of adolescence, as the individual progresses from dependency to increasing autonomy." (Wikipedia)
Child development is the process by which human beings become fully functioning adults. Broadly this includes: learning the full use of the body and physical growth, learning how to communicate through language, and learning how to live in community with others.
Experts divide child development in to three broad categories, these are: physical development, intellectual development, communication and learning, social, emotional and behavioral development. Some authors include spiritual development but not often.
Useful Websites for Developmental Milestones
- PBS: The ABCs of Child Development: Developmental Milestones for Your Child's First Five Years
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Developmental Milestones
- Mayo Clinic: Child Development Chart: Preschool Milestones
- Child Development Institute: Normal Stages of Human Development (Birth to 5 Years)
- Support 4 Change: The Developmental Stages of Erik Erikson
Useful Books on Child Development
- Berk, L. E. (2012). Child Development (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
- Davies, D. (2010). Child Development: A Practitioner's Guide (3rd ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
- Feldman, R. S. (2011). Child Development (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
- Levine, L. E. (2011). Child Development: An Active Learning Approach. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.
- Siegel, D. J. & Bryson, T. P. (2011). The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind. New York, NY: Bantam Books.