10 Middle Childhood - Physical Development

After this chapter, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the patterns of physical growth

  2. Summarize nutrition needs

  3. Explain the causes of obesity and the negative consequences of excessive weight gain

  4. Discuss the pros and cons of organized sports

  5. Compare and contrast developmental disorders

  6. Summarize several different mental health disorders

Children in middle childhood go through tremendous changes in the growth and development of their brain. During this period of development children’s bodies are not only growing, but they are becoming more coordinated and physically capable. These children are more mindful of their greater abilities in school and are becoming more responsible for their health and diet. Some children may be challenged with physical or mental health concerns. It’s important to know what typical development looks like in order to identify and to help those that are struggling with health concerns.