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Human Development

Health and development glossary

Individual human development A progressive series of orderly and predictable changes to the complexity of a individual that takes place over the course of the lifespan
Physical development Changes to the complexity and functioning of the structures and systems of the body
Growth Increase in the number and size of cells in the human body
Motor development Learning to co-ordinate muscle groups to gain control over body movements
Motor skills Actions that require the co-ordination of muscle groups in order to achieve a specific outcome
Gross motor development Learning to control body movements that involve the co-ordination of large groups of muscles
Fine motor development Learning to control body movements that involve the co-ordination of small groups of muscles
Intellectual development Process by which a person's ability to think and reason increases in complexity
Language development Learning to communicate through spoken and written words
Emotional development Learning to understand and control moods and feelings
Self concept Attitudes and beliefs that a person holds about their abilities, appearance, intellectual capacity and emotional characteristics
Self esteem Way that a person feels about their appearance and their abilities, which can impact on their confidence and the way in which they behave i social settings
Social development Learning to interact with other people as a result of an increasing complexity of behaviour patterns
Socialisation Process by which an individual interacts with others and acquires the knowledge, skills, beliefs, values, attitudes and other elements of culture necessary for effective functioning in society
Characteristics of development general statements that describe the development that is occurring at a specific stage of the lifespan
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