Physical Growth, Body Scale, and Perceptual-Motor Development

Karl M. Newell, Michael G. Wade

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In this chapter we consider from the theoretical framework of the ecological approach to perception and action, the relations between physical growth and body scale in the context of children's perceptual-motor development. Body scale and the timescale of its change through growth are shown to relate to the emergence and dissolution of the fundamental skills in infancy, the perception of what an environment affords functionally for action, together with the emergent pattern of movement coordination. A central issue in typical and atypical motor development is the mapping of the timescale of adaptive change in the acquisition of perceptual-motor skill to the accompanying timescale of change in physical growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Child Development and Behavior
EditorsJodie M. Plumert
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Number of pages39
ISBN (Print)9780128147634
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Child Development and Behavior
ISSN (Print)0065-2407


  • Affordances
  • Body size
  • Perceptual-motor skills
  • Physical growth


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