Techniques of Physical Development Assessment

Techniques of Physical Development Assessment


In medicine, Pediatric is a branch that deals with infants, children, and adolescents. Most of the pediatric patients are young children and young people. This is because their physiological and emotional differences are quite significant compared to the old generation.  Pediatricians are trained personnel, who are equipped with unique skills and techniques that enable them to execute their duties effectively.

Body size majorly becomes the main difference that exists between the young generation and the elderly. Other factors are also considered. Many patients that undergo pediatric treatment are still young and developing.Therefore, they are supposed to be given special attention. This brings on the relationship between pediatric patients and those who are still undergoing development. Thus pediatric medication is associated with stages and care of the young developing people.

At each stage of development, young children learn in several areas at the same time. The age of six years to twelve years is mostly considered to be the most appropriate age interval to carry the best proper medical assessment. This is the age bracket an advantage of being used for study because it contains young people who are the most active and ready to venture into discoveries about the world.


Development Assessment

Assessment is how in our everyday practice, we observe young children learn, thrive and understand it then, later on, we put our understanding to better use. One of the primary methods used in the assessment is observation. Some of the reasons as to why we observe are to develop further our understanding of how these children learn and then try to link theory with practice. There are various ways of approaching the assessment of children. Professionally, there are four primary methods of assessing the physical body. They are palpation, percussion, auscultation, and inspection

Palpation involves touching the patient at different parts of the body by usage of the palm. On the other side, inquiry involves total body check- up and thorough investigation. Percussion requires hand tenderness usually applicable in treating adult medical problems.

From Piaget’s theory, some of the characteristics exhibited at this stage can help a technician carry out the assessment. According to Piaget’s theory, some of the traits displayed in this age bracket include

  1. Children starting to reason logically about serious issues in life
  2. They begin to understand critical concepts in life such as conservation.
  • Their thinking is logically motivated, but yet still they think about serious and complex issues.
  1. The young kids start b to use inductive and logic reasoning when they begin to think from a particular perspective to a generally c idea towards a general principle.

From the above characteristics, one can be able to assess through observation.Through keen observation, one can be able to know and understand when the bodies of kids change.

Through the skills and techniques acquired by professionalism, the pediatric can be able to tell how the school-aged kids developmentally by interacting, sharing and engaging them with them. One of the ways of attracting the students is to involve them in doing what they like as well as listening to them. Ask them questions to get their feedback.

Some of the potential findings that can be obtained from this assessment include;

  1. Young children can understand and actively build knowledge
  2. The dependency of development is responsive to experience.
  3. Mental health, cognitive and physical development are complementary and mutually supportive areas that require active attention in the preschool years.