Meaning Of Growth And Development
Growth refers to the increase in mass and size of a body.
Development is the process where a particular organism, not only grows physically but acquires mental and physiological growth as well.
Physical growth is an increase in size. Development is growth in function and capability. Both processes highly depend on genetic, nutritional, and environmental factors.
As children develop physiologically and emotionally, it is useful to define certain age-based groups. The following terminology is used:
🔵 Neonate (newborn): Birth to 1 month
🔵 Infant: 1 month to 1 year
🔵 Young child: 1 year through 4 years
🔵 Older child: 5 years through 10 years
🔵 Adolescent: 11 years through 17 to 19 years.
Both begin at conception and end at death.
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