The needs of the pediatric patient differ depending on age
The needs of the pediatric patient differ depending on age, as do the stages of development and the expected assessment findings for each stage. In a 500-750-word paper, examine the needs of a school-aged child between the ages of 5 and 12 years old and discuss the following:
Describe the different physical characteristics/findings within the school-aged child. Explain how you would modify assessment techniques to match the age and developmental stage of this child.
Choose a child between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. Identify the age of the child and describe the typical developmental stages of children that age.
Applying developmental theory based on Erickson, Piaget, or Kohlberg, explain how you would developmentally assess the child. Include how you would offer explanations during the assessment, strategies you would use to gain cooperation, and potential findings from the assessment.
You are required to cite a minimum of three peer-reviewed sources to complete this assignment. Sources must be published within the last 5 years, appropriate for the assignment criteria, and relevant to nursing practice.
Physical Characteristics and Findings in School-Aged Children
School-aged children (ages 5-12) experience a period of rapid growth and development. They grow about 2 inches per year and gain about 5 pounds per year. Their bodies become more coordinated and they develop better motor skills. They also develop their own unique personalities and interests.
Here are some of the physical characteristics and findings that are typical of school-aged children:
- Height: 4’10” to 5’4″ for girls, 4’11” to 5’7″ for boys
- Weight: 40-60 pounds for girls, 45-70 pounds for boys