This edition: The First Two Years: Cognitive Development
This lesson focuses on the cognitive development that occurs during the first two years of life. This period of development is referred to in Piaget’s cognitive theory as the sensorimotor stage. Students learn that this is when babies learn about their world through their senses, by touching, feeling, hearing, and experiencing. Language development, another critical area in cognitive development, is discussed in depth. During the first two years, babies’ language abilities progress from cooing, to babbling, to forming simple words, to stringing two or more words together. Babies’ ability to understand and use language can have a profound impact on how they view and experience their world.