Describe these aspects within a specific time period of a child’s development.

Assessment Instructions

You will be creating a PowerPoint presentation that addresses a major child development theorist and their corresponding theory. Using one of the Child Development Theory Case Studies [PDF], apply the theorist’s ideas regarding child development within the parameters of a specific time period in that child’s life. Be sure to address the physical, social, and cognitive aspects of that particular time frame.

Download the Child Development Theory PowerPoint Template [PPTX], and use it for your presentation. In your presentation, make sure you accomplish the following:

  • Choose a child development theorist and explain their theory of child development that you found to be interesting.
    • Please provide at least one scholarly article to utilize as supporting evidence for your work in this section.
    • Write in full sentences in the notes section— this should be about three sentences.
    • This will require at least two slides.
  • Based on the case study you select, describe the physical, social, and cognitive aspects of child development that are observed.
    • Describe these aspects within a specific time period of a child’s development.
    • Please provide at least two scholarly articles to support your ideas in this section.
    • Write a minimum of four sentences in the notes section in a professional and scholarly manner.
    • This will require at least three slides.
  • Apply the theorist’s ideas regarding child development to the child in the case study, within the parameters of the time frame discussed.
    • Please provide at least two developmental markers that are either typical or atypical to the development of the child, which is why you are applying the theory in the first place.
    • This will require at least three slides.
    • Use at least one scholarly article to support your work in this section.
  • Write coherently to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional.
  • Use APA style and format.
    • Include a slide for your references that uses APA formatting.
    • No notes are necessary for the reference slide.

Additional Requirements

  • Communication: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, respectful, and consistent with expectations for professional practice in psychology. Original work and critical thinking are required. Your writing must be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • Media presentation: Minimum of 10 slides, with notes ensure accessibility for everyone.
  • Resources: At least three scholarly resources other than the course text or assigned journal articles. Include citations at the end of the presentation.
  • APA guidelines: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting guidelines. When appropriate, use APA-formatted headings.
  • Font and font size: Appropriate size and weight for presentation, generally 24- to 28-point for headings and no smaller than 18-point for bulleted text. For PowerPoint tips, refer to the Capella University Library: PowerPoint Presentations library guide.


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Jamie and Dana are parents to three children: Avery, age five; Jeremy, age two; and Marie, age three months. Both parents are non-drinkers, non-smokers, eat a vegan diet, and exercise regularly. During all three pregnancies and deliveries, Dana only took prenatal medications. She did not take pain management medications during deliveries, and no complications reported. Jamie is a grocery store manager for a major chain and Dana works as a local bank teller. The family owns a home, two vehicles, one cat, one dog, and a chinchilla. During one week every summer, the family takes a camping trip to the Adirondack Mountains. Dana is returning to work this week after her 12-week leave since giving birth to Marie.


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