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Psychological Development Across the Lifespan

School Age Children (6–11)

What kinds of motor development take place at this age?

Children’s physical growth during this period is regular and continuous. It is not a time of dramatic physical changes. Nonetheless, important changes do take place. The child continues to grow in height and weight, with most of their growth in the lower part of their body. Children become longer and leaner, continuing to stretch out from the rounded mass of head and belly characteristic of the infancy and toddler years. Motor coordination also develops. Children make considerable advances in both gross motor and fine motor skills. Improvements in coordination, balance, flexibility and power allow them to develop skills such as writing and drawing, as well as to engage in complex and physically demanding sports.



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