Physical and Cognitive Development for 2-3 Year Olds


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Content Author: Emma Fairs

Emma Fairs is a registered osteopath who trained in the UK where she worked for two years before moving to New Zealand. Emma has been working in Christchurch for the last 26 years, in her private practice. Her main clinical focus has been the osteopathic management of obstetric and paediatric patients. Emma is currently working full-time at Ara Institute of Canterbury as Co-Programme leader of the Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health and Post Graduate Diploma in Osteopathy.

Emma has been involved in the development of Osteopathy in NZ, both the regulation of the profession and the development of a training programme. She was part of the NZQA panel that accredited the Masters Degree in Osteopathy at Unitec, Auckland; and for four years acted as one of the two Monitors for the supply of the Degree. Between 1997 and 2008 she was an elected member of the New Zealand Register of Osteopaths (NZRO) Committee, and the Osteopathic Society of New Zealand (OSNZ) committee, initially organising the supply of post-graduate education in NZ, and for the last four years, in the position of OSNZ President. Since resigning from the position of President, Emma has consulted for the OSNZ and the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ). In 2010, Emma was appointed to the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand, and between 2012-2017 was chair of the Council. Emma is still currently a council member.

About this Module

This module will look at the physical and cognitive developmental processes that occur for 2-3 year olds.

As well as case presentations and review questions, there are a number of links to interesting videos and peer reviewed journals/texts to further expand your knowledge. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of physical and cognitive development for a 2-3 year old.

  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the ‘Watch and Wait’ process for a 2-3 year old.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of possible indicators of developmental delay for a 2-3 year old.

Estimated CPD Hours

2 hours

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