Cognitive development theories define how the world is seen by the child based on their age. While the age a child reaches a stage may vary the sequence of development is generally constant among healthy children. There are numerous theories of cognitive development. Jean Piagets’s stages of child development can provide the clinician with a basic knowledge of cognitive development.
Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development
Thus attempting long verbal explanations to children in the preoperational and concrete operational stages will not influence behavior because of the limitations of the child’s reasoning skills and difficulty to fully understand long verbal explanations of the effect of behavior on treatment. For these age groups short direct requests and commands are more effective in obtaining desired behavior.
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