ERIC Number: ED339502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Enhancing Child Development: The Beginning Years. Fostering Families.
Schatz, Mona Struhsaker; And Others
This module is part of a training program for foster parents and foster care workers offered at Colorado State University. The module's learning objectives address: (1) factors that interact to affect child development; (2) developmental milestones for infants and young children; (3) parenting processes appropriate to the childhood years; (4) problem areas in the development of foster children; and (5) children's play and safety. The module consist of four lectures. Each lecture includes reading material, and the first two lectures include exercises for individuals or groups. Lecture 1 considers behaviors innate in the newborn and behaviors that develop over time. Lecture 2 considers the importance of an infant's attachment to parents for the infant's development. Milestones of physical, sensorimotor, social, emotional, and language development; typical developmental problem areas; and parenting processes specific to developmental phases are listed for various phases of childhood. Lecture 3 considers developmental problems of foster children. These problems include failure to thrive, poor attachment, difficulties in toilet training, language acquisition delay, and separation. Lecture 4 considers the role of play in learning, and presents guidelines for the selection of developmentally appropriate toys. A reference list of 10 items is provided. A five-page form for evaluating the module is included. (BC)
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Child Development, Course Descriptions, Developmental Tasks, Emotional Development, Failure to Thrive, Feedback, Foster Care, Foster Children, Foster Family, Higher Education, Infant Behavior, Language Acquisition, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Physical Development, Play, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Social Development, Toilet Training, Toys, Training Objectives, Young Children
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Support Staff; Practitioners
Sponsor: Colorado State Dept. of Social Services, Boulder.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins. Dept. of Social Work.