Explain the Difference Between Sequence and Rate of Each Aspect of Development and Why the Difference Is Important

1.2.There are many developments throughout a child's life such as physical development, social and emotional development, cognitive development and communication development. Physical development is when the body changes and you start to develop fine motor skills such as writing. Social development is when you start meeting new people and become more involved in relationships and the society. Emotional development is when you start expressing your own feelings and emotions about different situations. Cognitive development is when you start learning new things, this is also called intellectual development. Communication development is when you start using speech to communicate and start listening to others talking.
The sequence of development is a process where a series of events are followed one after another, finally leading to a mature state when these series of developmental changes are achieved successfully and normally. This means that children must first finish one area of development before moving to another developmental milestone.

The difference between the sequence of development and the rate of development is that the sequence never changes, it remains the same, yet the rate of development tends to change in most cases. This is due to factors such as the child’s social background, pattern of growth, disability and learning difficulties, and health and nutrition. However all these can only affect the rate of development but cannot affect the sequence of development.
It is important to observe and note the difference between sequence of development and rate of development, when working with children so that the child’s needs are met. For instance if a child shows delays in any aspect of their growth, taking into account their background, health and environment in which they are growing up, as these factors will affect all areas of development.
The difference between sequence of development and rate of development helps identify child’s needs. It is...