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Middle Childhood Reflection

We are learning the impacts of children during their middle childhood phase. Understanding the key concepts, misconceptions, as well as creating interventions for these children to progress in the seven main skills needed.

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Physical Activity


Middle childhood is an important stage of developmental for children. In this image, these children are involved in organized sports. Engaging in sports at this age will directly correlate with their physical activity needed. The structure, along with other activities of 60 minutes. While the physical activity enhances the recommended needs, there may still be issues with structured sports. Understanding that children can exercise over the recommended amount. This can be in relation to the competitive spirit the children gain or the forceful pressure from coaches in parents. Focusing on the children being active everyday as what's most important.

Parent- Child Relationship

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It is very important for parents to be actively involved in children's developments. In middle childhood, research shows that children start to spend less time with parents, and more time being involved in other activities. With the limited time available for children, it is important that parents use this time wisely. Guardians have a different parenting style that will vary to best fit their children necessity. For example, in this image, it can be inferred that this father and son may have a permissive relationship. They are reflecting a warm bond while still being very involved in rules and priorities You will also see that children are more independent at this stage by taking what they learned at home and putting it to use in real world situations such as in the classrooms.

Sibling Relationship

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The sibling relationship is very significant to a few developmental areas needed in middle childhood. There are positive and negative influences in sibling's relationship that may cause more adjustments being made. Past studies have viewed siblings relationship has an increase in conflict in middle childhood, and then decrease as they transition to adolescence. The closer in the age of the sibling, the more conflict that's introduced. On the other hand, siblings tend to demonstrate a great amount of warmth and support. Older siblings can play the role of caretaking as well as teaching younger siblings a lot. Regardless of how many siblings there are, mostly all will witness an emotional rollercoaster with their siblings.

Developmental Delays

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There are thousands of children who are born or develop some type of disorder. While these children will have an abnormal lifestyle, you will see that there are directly affected by the education system. Children who have ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, have a hard time staying still, understanding rules, lack of attention span, and more. Due to the rise of disorders, teachers have been developing interventions that will assist these students in traditional setting classrooms. We have learned that these children need one on one attention with multiple strategies to bring them to a calm level. In addition, parents' role is vital to the children, as they need more support than others. Parents and teachers have to be more inclusive of these children due to lack of independence with the disorder. All in all, there are many disorders out that are impacting the child's development that we cannot ignore.

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