The Prenatal Period of Development HDF 501: Lifespan Development Wheelock College Boston, MA
Prenatal period – stage between conception and birth
Marked by formation of all basic organs
Stages of Development: Prenatal Note – Image source: Cole, M., Cole, S., and Lightfoot, C. (2008). The development of children (6th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers.
The Prenatal Period Adolescence Adulthood Middle Childhood Early Childhood Later Infancy Early Infancy Prenatal Cognitive Language Emotional Social Physical
Development in the Prenatal Period Babies can process stimuli from the environment (visual, auditory, etc.). The Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale evaluates a newborn’s neurological condition. Newborn enters the world and develops its relationships with close family members. Baby’s entry into the world is mediated by cultural beliefs and values. Growth of organism from a single cell to a baby with all vital organs and life systems in place. The Apgar Scoring System assesses a baby’s physical condition at birth. Prenatal Cognitive Social Physical
Normal and Atypical Development Note – Image source: Cole, M., Cole, S., and Lightfoot, C. (2008). The development of children (6th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers.
Four Questions of Developmental Science Continuity Sources of Development Plasticity Individual Differences
“We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education.” - Jean Jacques Rousseau