Child development stages social work : Social Development

Child development stages social work

In this post we will be exploring our first KSA from the ASWB bachelor’s social work licensure exam. This means that we will be exploring the models of typical/atypical physical growth and development. Because we are focused on physical growth, this post will mostly explore the various stages of child development. We will be exploring the various developmental milestones that are important to keep in mind.

The first stage of physical development should occur around 4-6 weeks of age. This stage is when you should see the child able to smile at a parent. The next occurs at 6-8 weeks, and involves the child beginning to vocalize with various sounds. At 12-20 weeks the child should begin to show hand regard. This simply means that the child is able to recognize their hand, and will follow it with their eyes.

At 3 months, the child should be able to hold up their head for prolonged periods, as well as make vowel noises, and have the ability to turn their head from side to side, or follow an object.

For the social work exam, you should know that at 5 months, you should see the child begin to enjoy vocal play, and begin to grasp for objects. Also at this stage, the child will begin to put objects into their mouth. At 6 months, the child should begin to start saying multiple syllable sounds such as mama, or dada. The child should also be able to sit up by itself.

The child should start to crawl around 10 months of age, and may begin to exhibit stranger shyness/anxiety. At 1 year the child should be able to stand by holding on to supports, and should be able to stand unsupported for a brief period time. Walking should be more fully developed by 18 months of age, and the child should be able to walk alone, without supervision or support. Movement should be further enhanced by the age of 2 years, and the child should be able to run or walk up stairs.

Physically, between 1-4 months of age, the child should be gaining about 100 grams per week in weight (in case the social work exam has a question about it). By around 4-8 months, the child should have doubled their original birth weight. By their first birthday, the child should have grown to be about 1.5 times the length that they were at birth. At 2 years, the child should be approximately 4 times the original birth weight, and should be about 33-37 inches long.

In our next post we will be exploring these concepts further. I will offer some additional physical developmental and motor development milestones that will be important to know. I hope that you learned something from our first KSA post, and I assure you that there will be a lot more information coming your way in the future.

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