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SPCL 7804 Human Development: Session 3: Unit 2 – The Early Years

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for Professor Elizalde-Utnick's SPCL 7804 course.


Please complete the following PRIOR to our Session 3:

1. Complete the readings.

Text Ch. 3, pp. 71-97 (Library linkPDF link)

2. Self-Reflect.

  • Start gathering information from caregivers regarding your infancy and toddlerhood.
  • Consider how Piaget’s theory applies to your own personal development.
  • Do your former caretakers remember your behavior as an infant?

3. Review for Quiz#3.

The 5-question multiple-choice quiz will be on the assigned reading.

VIDEO: Pre-linguistic Development in Infancy

Babbling becomes jargoning just before words appear. What do you notice in the video?


In this session we will discuss development in infancy and toddlerhood, with particular emphasis on cognitive development. We will begin with a quiz on the assigned reading and then discuss the material and engage in application activities.


APPLICATION ACTIVITY: Exploring Piaget’s Sensorimotor Stages

Directions: View each of the following videos and determine which sensorimotor stage it represents:

  1. Reflexive circular reactions 
  2. Primary circular reactions 
  3. Secondary circular reactions 
  4. Coordination of secondary circular reactions
  5. Tertiary circular reactions
  6. Representational thought