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why are developmental activities key to a children's growth and development and how is the teacher-child interaction key to children's security?

In Topics: My child's growth and development
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Mar 4, 2009
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From birth to adolescence we are making brain cells or connections.  Most are complete by three to five years of age. We need to teach the brain new things in youth and old age to keep it from going static.  Appropriate age related activities encourage gross and fine motor behaviors which become imprints on the brain and part of familiar behaviors e.g. throwing a ball, dancing, coloring.  It is also with these activities, that we uncover developmental problems e.g. hearing disorders, processing problems, color blindness etc...

Teachers are leaders and models.  they have the answers and children typically believe with "magical thinking" that teachers provide predictability, routine, and focus.  It is a good thing.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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