courseChild Psychology

Learn how to develop a child’s cognitive abilities as well as their emotional and social behaviour with this incredible course!

Gain insights into child behaviour by learning how they develop psychologically and the influences on their behaviour and thinking.

This course is perfect for anyone who has children, or deals with children on a regular basis.

By the end of the course, you will have extended your knowledge of child behaviour, have a better understanding of children's learning & development and learnt new skills to help children grow and develop.

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What the course will teach you:

  • An introduction into child psychology. How psychologists work with children to improve their psychological states.
  • Research and theories on child development and how to apply these theories.
  • An overview of cognitive development, from infancy to adolescents.
  • Information on genetics and the interaction between genes and the environment.
  • The nature/nurture debate and the science supporting each side.
  • Much more

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Child Psychology

Module One: Introduction to Child Psychology

I. Introduction
Isolating hereditary characteristics
II. Cause, Correlation and Continuity
Cause versus correlation
Continuity versus discontinuity
III. Studies, Reports and Experiments
Cross-secitonal and longitudinal studies
Reliablity of verbal reports
Ethics and experiments

Module Two: The Newborn Infant

I. Introduction
Theories of newborn psychology
Behaviourist approach
The interactionist approach
Range of reaction
Niche picking
II. Temperament - Nature or Nurture
Stimulus seeking
III. Parental Influences
The perinatal environment
The experience of the parent
The father’s involvement
Emotional disturbances during pregnancy

Module Three: States and Senses of the Infant

I. Introduction
Sensory discrimination
Infant states
II. Habituation
III. Sensory Discrimination
Sound discrimination
Smell and taste discrimination
Visual discrimination
How integrated are the infant’s visual apprehension of forms?
Depth perception
Oral sensitivity in infancy

Module Four: Learning

I. Introduction
II. How Children Learn
Vicarious learning or modelling
Classical conditioning
Operant conditioning
III. Reinforcement, Consequences and Punishment
Kinds of consequences
Intrinsic and extrinsic reinforcers
Consequences and timing
Problems with punishment
The importance of learning control

Module Five: Emotions and Socialisation

Emotions in early childhood
II. Smiling and Fear
Social learning perspective on fear
Perceptual recognition approach to fear
Can babies recognize emotions?
III. Emotional Attachment
Freudian approach to attachment
Bowlby's approach
Social learning approach
Harlow’s approach
The role of cognition in attachment formation
Maternal behaviour and attachment formation
IV. Babies
Responding to babies
“Kewpie doll”
Innate responses
“Difficult” babies
Is day care a developmental hazard to children?
Effects of group size

Module Six: Cognitive Development

I. Introduction
Piaget's theory and cognitive structural development
II. Play
The importance of play
Assimilation and accommodation
II. Cognitive Processing Theory
Memory capacity
Memory improvement strategies
III. Semantic Organisation
Retrieval processes
Attentional capacity

Module Seven: Language Development

I. Is language learned or genetically programmed?
II. Approaches and the Genetic Program
The social learning approach
The hypothesis testing approach
Language as a genetic program
III. Speech Development
How speech develops
The first year
Helping babies talk
Why things sometimes go wrong

Module Eight: Intelligence

I. Interaction of nature and nurture
II. Intelligence
The nature of intelligence
Measuring intelligence
Parental influences in intelligence

Module Nine: Socialisation - Part A

I. Social Cognition - Self Awareness and Empathy
II. Role-taking and Social Scripts
From egocentrism to role taking
Perspective and role taking
Social scripts
Scripts that pretend play

Module Ten: Morality

I. Freud's and Piaget's Approach
II. Kohlberg's Approach
III. Aggressive Behaviour

Module Eleven: Sexuality

I. Freud's Theory
II. Identity, Behaviour and Abuse

Module Twelve: Socialisation - Part B

I. Family and Discipline
Disciplinary measures
The influence of family structures
II. Siblings, School and Peers Influence

System Requirements

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


Microsoft Windows XP, or later
Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


OSX/iOS 6 or later
Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems:

Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities (We recommend Google Chrome)

Please note: Although this course will work with the system requirements stated above, the software talked about and used in the course may vary. It is recommended that you check with the software suppliers website before making a purchase.