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Developmental Differences in the Early Childhood Classroom

Summarize factors that account for developmental differences in children. Then describe the teacher's role in teaching children in the early childhood classroom who have special needs; who are gifted and talented; and who are from a different cultural, racial, or ethnic background.

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There are many factors which may account for developmental differences in children. These could include factors such as physical injuries, congenital problems, genetics, or socio-economic background.

A physical injury could cause a child to lose physical abilities in one part of the body. For example, a child might be involved in an automobile accident which causes her to lose some mobility in her legs. This child might require a walker or wheelchair, and she may need extra assistance in doing tasks that are easier for her peers. Another child might have congenital issues (often known as "birth defects") which are conditions that the child is born with. Congenital conditions could cause cognitive or physical delays and are often caused by genetics, meaning that ...

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In this answer I discuss several several reasons for developmental differences in children. I have included physical, socio-economic, cultural, and cognitive differences. I also talk about how a teacher in an early-childhood classroom could help all children reach highest potential, no matter what their abilities are.