85 Summary

Dinesh Ramoo

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Key Takeaways

  • Middle childhood is a complex period of the life span.
  • Rates of growth generally slow during middle childhood.
  • Between ages 6 and 8, significant improvements in fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination are noted.
  • Between 10 and 12 years of age, the frontal lobes become more developed and improvements in logic, planning, and memory are evident.
  • New understandings and social situations bring variety to children’s lives as they form new strategies for the world ahead.
  • Middle childhood seems to be a great time to introduce children to organized sports.
  • The decreased participation in school physical education and youth sports is just one of many factors that has led to an increase in children being overweight or obese.
  • The current measurement for determining excess weight is the Body Mass Index (BMI) which expresses the relationship of height to weight.
  • Children’s whose BMI is at or above the 85th percentile for their age are considered overweight, while children who are at or above the 95th percentile are considered obese.
  • From ages 7 to 11, children are in what Piaget referred to as the Concrete Operational Stage of cognitive development which involves mastering the use of logic in concrete ways.

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