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Growth and Development: Infancy Through Adolescence

presented by Cyndi Cortes

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Financial: Cyndi Cortes receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.


 Non-Financial:  Cyndi Cortes has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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A working knowledge of typical growth and development is essential for nurses and others that provide health care and other services to children, their parents, or caregivers. There is a plethora of evidence documenting the stages of cognitive or intellectual, moral, motor, physical, and social developmental skills. In this course, an overview of expected growth and development based on chronological age from birth through young adulthood will be reviewed.

Meet Your Instructor

Cyndi Cortes, DrPH, MSN, MRE, CPNP-PC, CRRN, COI

When Cyndi Cortes became an interdisciplinary training trainee at the Sparks Center for Developmental and Learning Disabilities as a Master of Science in Nursing student, she did not realize how that decision would impact her clinical and professional career. While working at Children’s of Alabama in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cortes developed…

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1. Infants: Birth Through 12 Months

Typical growth and developmental milestones met during infancy will be described in this chapter. The expected cognitive/intellectual, motor/physical, and social developmental skills that should be achieved during infancy will be emphasized.

2. Toddlers: From 1 to 3 Years of Age

Typical growth and developmental milestones met during the toddler years will be described in this chapter. The expected cognitive/intellectual, motor/physical, and social developmental skills that should be achieved during this time frame will be emphasized.

3. Preschoolers: From 4 to 5 Years of Age

Typical growth and developmental milestones met during the preschool years will be described in this chapter. The expected cognitive/intellectual, motor/physical, and social developmental skills that should be achieved during this time frame will be emphasized.

4. School-Age Children: From 6 to 12 Years of Age

Typical growth and developmental milestones met during the elementary school years will be described in this chapter. The expected cognitive/intellectual, motor/physical, and social developmental skills that should be achieved during this time frame will be emphasized.

5. Adolescents: From 13 to 21 Years of Age

Typical growth and developmental milestones met during the adolescent years will be described in this chapter. The expected cognitive/intellectual, motor/physical, and social developmental skills that should be achieved during this time frame will be emphasized.

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