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Why is developmental assessment essential in the provision of primary care for infants, children, and adolescents, and what are the essential components of this assessment on the basis of a child’s age? Well child checks are imperative in primary care for the younger population because it indicated if there are any red flags to look for a developmental delay. The primary care provider plays a vital role in promoting healthy development before the child begins school. Changes that occur 2 through 5 are subtler than those in seen in the first year. Buddy is 5 and is ready to enter the social world of school and have a sense of self that shapes the qualities of their character. Essential components of an assessment on a child this age includes physical development, motor development, communication and language development and social and emotional development and lastly cognitive development. At this age, skeletal growth continues as ossification centers appear in the wrist and ankle. The legs also grow faster than the head, trunk or upper extremities.
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