During their first 5 years, children learn the basic skills necessary for their future development. The four main areas are physical skills, manual dexterity, language, and social skills. Although children progress at different rates, developmental milestones occur in a predictable order. This is partly because the ability to learn particular skills depends upon the maturity of the child’s nervous system. In addition, for some complex skills, children need to develop a lesser skill first; for example, babies must learn to stand before they can walk.
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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