Home Free Lab ReportsThe motor development series is known to consist of seven periods across an individual’s lifespan

The motor development series is known to consist of seven periods across an individual’s lifespan

The motor development series is known to consist of seven periods across an individual’s lifespan, each developmental period is characterized by the different achievements of one’s motor development skills. The advancement from one phase to another would depend on the changes within the presented constraints, the individual’s skills, and environmental experiences. According to the developmental perspective, the changes in the motor skills has been defined as sequential, cumulative and more importantly an individualized process. The model of progression gives a sequential blueprint for the way in which each individual should progress within the sequence of their own motor development, but each pattern of progression is uniquely individualized due to the variables present in an individual’s experiences.  Everyone is thought to follow the same sequence of the motor development, however, age cannot be a concrete determinant of the sequence, because the skills are built based on individual’s background experiences and knowledge. This description of my own development, vividly displays the unique experience that have led to my skillfulness in many activities, but when precisely focus on the development of my motor skills in their relation to the task of diving. From conception to present day my development can be comparably similar when compared to others, while also being inherently distinctive.
Prenatal Period
The first stage of motor development is the prenatal period; it is the period following conception up until birth. The prenatal period is characterized by three major sub periods: germinal, embryonic, and period. The germinal period is representative of the first two weeks after the fertilization, where the ovum is attached to the uterine wall and the cell layers begin to form. The embryonic period begins two to eight weeks after fertilization, when the cephalocaudal and proximodorsal growth then takes place. During this time, infants begin to move around and are sequentially able to obtain upright posture, where different parts of the bodies also begin to become visibly distinguishable.
The motor development that begins prenatally, is occurring during this term of physical development. The fetal period starts from two to nine months, where most of the body systems begin to become more structurally stable. However, the organs and body systems are still understandably functionally immature. The fetal period is characterized by the rapid growth and organ completion that take place during this time, as well as reflex activities and other spontaneous movements. As early as three months, babies are able to demonstrate both spontaneous and reflexive movements. When asked, my mother was able to recall that she first felt my kicking and hand movement around the fourth month. When compared to my other siblings, it’s has been said that I was the most inactive. Ultrasounds were regularly performed, due to the concerns of my mother’s pregnancies, which all indicated that the development and progression of the pregnancy was fine, but my mother insisted that I was very inactive, and at times she thought I couldn’t move.
The prenatal portion of development gives way to the conversational debate of nature versus nurture. During this period of devolpment is where environmental constraints such as gentic make up, or physical attrubutes due to changes while inurtero appear. Which aspect of development has the largest contribution to one’s motor development? Is it the genetic information that is transferred to the offspring from its parents at the time of conception, or it the factors of the immediate environment one is brought up in. Even during the prenatal period of development, one can be presented with information that relays the idea that both nature and nurture play an equally important role in the development of a child. This was illustrated through my own development during my prenatal development. At the time of my conception, my parents were older in age, my mother being 46 at the time called for physicians to declare her pregnancy “high risk” even though throughout the pregnancy there were no documented complications.
At the time of conception, it was already genetically secured that certain aspects of my physical make up were to be as such, while others would be modified as I grew. This period was also a determinant of the phylogenetic skills I would later display as an infant, whereas the ontogenetic skills would be based on that of the interactions I would later encounter while interacting with the outside world. Reflexive and spontaneous movements are present during this phase of development, which is essential to the protection and locomotive development of the infant. Reflexive movements being those that are initiated by a specific stimulus.
During my neonatal development, my mother was not able to transfer an adequate amount of nutrients due to my placement in her uterus, so as a result in me being born with osteocalcin, commonly known as rickets, which is the softening and weakening of bones, resulting in the distortion of my legs. Due to this condition I was carried for a longer period of time, when compared to my relatives, but surprisingly to my mother’s recollection I began walking at a younger age, when compared to my relatives. I had to learn to develop the skill of walking a bit differently than others. If I could not adjust myself around a corner, I was likely to sit down. I would have to readjust myself around furniture and doorways when learning how to walk, which is a task within itself for someone who is just learning to walk, but it was a totally different learning experience for a child first learning to walk and also having an constraint as such.

Reflexive Period
The reflexive period is indicative to the period of time where an infant’s movements are solely identified as either spontaneous or reflexive. There are two classified forms of reflexes, which are called primitive or postural reflexes. The primitive reflexes are described as a form of physical protection, and also a method used to initiate feeding, which usually disappear by the age of six months. The sucking reflex is very essential to the survival of an infant, which is the biological response that initiates the process of feeding. The a symmetric tonic neck reflex appeared around the same time, this when the right arm is extended and the left to keep the infant’s body facing a specific direction.
The postural reflexes is one that appears to be present long after the advancement from the reflexive period, these reflexes automatically provided the maintenance of infant’s upright position in relation to the environment, these reflexes may near disappear due to its frequent evolve between the developing child and its relationship with gravity. Sitting an upright position gives way to the structural development of humans, who naturally walk upright. The reflexives period appears to be an organismic response to the immediate environment, which increases the infant’s likelihood of survival during that time. It appears that organism constraint have a large association with the reflexive motions displayed during this phase of development. The association with my body, its segments, and their relationship with gravity were introduced during this phase, and prove to be essential later on throughout my development to becoming an avid diver.
Preadapted Period
Within the preadapted motor period is usually the time a child begins walking, though some may reach this step of development earlier or later than presented. Walking is a very desired point of development for a child’s caregiver, seeing as though it indicates the entrance to an important developmental milestone anyone who is without a biological constraint should possess. ( constraints will be better defined and illustrated in the following period pertaining to the development and reconstruction of my skill.) I began walking at eight months, which wasffu surprising given my biological make up. The development of locomotion is inclusive of many determinate factors, such as my motivation, body strength, extensor strength, and tonus control. At birth, the first purposely performed motor locomotion displayed by an infant is placing itself into the prone position, this position is essential to the later locomotive development of crawling. Soon after this, I would then go onto elevating myself by using my arms as support. As soon as I reached five months old, I was able to sit alone without any environmental support. I can remember my mother telling me stories about me feeding myself, as if it was the most joy filled moments of my bring up. She tells me that she introduced me to a plum, while I was in a walker, she left me and when she returned I had the plum all over my face while still pursuing the consumption of that fruit. I’m sure this period might just be the one I’m most thankful for, being as though consuming food is one of my favorite skills. During this period of bipedal locomotion, I possessed a constraint that would alter the development of my physical movement for a while.
My mother mentioned that the only way she could grab my attention as a child was by way of food, and I guess that says a lot about the person I am today. She said she would place me at the other side of the room and take the food she had been feeding me with her, and I’m sure it wasn’t until my mental development had strengthened that I could understand that to get what it was that I wanted, I would have to go towards it. Given this information, I wonder if it wasn’t for her experimenting with my undoubtable desire for food, if I would have begun stepping at a later age. When compared to my siblings I was the first to begin walking, which contradicts my idea that the physical abnormality I possessed would delay my locomotive development.
Given the information related to postural control, it may be possible to conclude the walking may have been aided by the biological dimensions of my physical makeup. My legs would be separated relatively far from one another, creating a relatively stable base. The postural control of a young child is illustrated by the displaying the head of the child as carrying the most weight (an inverted pendulum), which creates an unstable condition for one stand upright, this dimension has to be overcome before a child can master walking. None of these elements would be mastered if it were not for persistent practice. My mother made sure that i utilized my ability to walk on my own, I did nothing but follow her because she refused to pick me up. Human are unlike many other species who at birth are already biological developed to walk upon entry unto the world. For this reason, humans are susceptible to many disadvantaged, while also possessing a few advantages.
This phase of development was essential to diving in the way that I learned to incorporate the dimensions of my biological makeup to obtain the specific goal of walking, while the goal at the time was learning to incorporate the various proportions of my body to perform the desired action. The way in which I had to incorporate and manipulate the separate segments of my body to perform the motion of walking, is the same way i had to understand the motion i was trying to perform and the way I have to manipulate the different parts of my multi segmented body to receive the desired motion.
With motor development being fluid throughout one’s lifespan, there are plenty of elements that contribute to the progression of certain skills. The development of specific skills are usually directional in progression. Skills are built upon, elements are added to the skill making them much more complex in nature, while also requiring less effort to add onto these skills’ the fundamental period is as important as every other period of development. This period is defined as the building block of motor development, because it is required for the development of emergent skills. Locomotion that many may identify as a trivial motion are actually very necessary to the further development of motion. The onset of this stage is identified by independent feeding and bipedal locomotion.
Due to the ontogenetic development I was cuddled for a lengthy amount of time, which may have contributed to a delay in my progression. After I adjusted to movement with the rickets condition, my parents saw it fit that I receive medical intervention to correct my legs. After a year of learning how to function with my legs in such a position, I would have to learn to function with the braces that were put in place for correction. These braces where bulky in weight, which I had to consciously account for and added a larger dimension to my figure. After being accompanied with the braces for such a time, like most I was able to adapt and make arrangements for my newly adjusted constraints.
Thereafter, I had the braces removed, which made the lower portion of my body light, once again I had to account for the change in that physical dynamic. Similar to before, the methods I used to get around had to then be adjusted to suit the new degrees of freedom. I would imagine that it was a puzzle trying to figure out how to manage my weight, seeing as though the braces played a large part in my balancing before. The braces also contributed to the degrees of posture I possessed. After having my legs corrected the adults around rarely took into consideration the fact that I had to learn to walk without the previous constraints, which was understandable. They may not have considered that I had to relearn the same system of movement, just without those same constraints.

Preadaptive period is defined as the transformation from the early pattern of coordination. This stage of motor development would usually take place when an infant is around two weeks to a year old. During this early developmental period, the organism constraints play a dominated role, the environmental constraints were influential, and the task constraints organized the action. The goal following this phase of motor development would be the attainment of independent walking and independent finger feeding and being able to manipulate this actions into “functional” ones. This period of development comes after the reflexive period, in order of the motor developmental mountain. This series of development occurs around 2 weeks’ post birth and ends around 12 months. The displayed behavior of species specific behavior is noticeable during this term of development. Very little environmental support is required for the development of this term, but for many it is given. The biological constraints of a specific organism.
Fundamental Period
 The fundamental motor period usauly onsets around the age of one, and continues until and indivaul is about seven years of age.Within the period is usually the time a child begins walking, though some may reach this step of development earlier or later than presented. Walking is a very desired point of development and a child’s parents, seeing as though it indicates the obtaining of a milestone anyone who is without a biological constraint should possess. I began walking at eight months, which is surprising given my biological make up. The development of the locomotion what inclusive of many determinate factors, such as my motivation, body strength, extensor strength, and tonus control. At birth, the first purposely performed motor locomotion displayed by an infant is placing itself into the prone position, this position is essential to the later locomotive development of crawling. Soon after this, I would then go onto elevating myself buying using my arms as support. As soon as I reached five months old, I was able to sit alone without any environmental support.  I can remember my mother telling me stories about me feeding myself, as if it was the most joy filled moments of my bring up. She tells me that she introduced me to a plum, while I was in a walker, she left me and when she returned I had the plum all over my face while still pursuing the consumption of that fruit. I’m sure this period might just be the one I’m most thankful for, being as though consuming food is one of my favorite skills. During this period of bipedal locomotion, I possessed a constraint that would alter the development of my physical movement for a while.
My mother mentioned that the only way she could grab my attention as a child was by way of food, and I guess that says a lot about the person I am today. She said she would place me at the other side of the room and take the food she had been feeding me with her, and I’m sure it wasn’t until my mental development had strengthened that I could understand that to get what it was that I wanted, I would have to go towards it. Given this information, I wonder if it wasn’t for her experimenting with my undoubtable desire for food, if I would have begun stepping at a later age. When compared to my siblings I was the first to begin walking, which contradictes my idea that the physical abnormality I possessed would delay my locomotive development.
Given the information related to postural control, it may be possible to conclude the walking may have been aided by the biological dimensions of my physical makeup. My legs would be separated relatively far from one another, creating a relatively stable base. The postural control of a young child is illustrated by the displaying the head of the child as carrying the most weight (an inverted pendulum), which creates an unstable condition for one stand upright, this dimension has to be overcome before a child can master walking. None of these elements would be mastered if it were not for persistent practice. My mother made sure that once I should that ability to walk on my own, I did nothing but follow her because she refused to pick me up. Human are unlike many other species who at birth a biological developed to walk soon after birth. For this reason, humans are susceptible to many disadvantaged, while also possessing a few advantages.
This phase of development was essential to diving in the way that I learned to incorporate the dimensions of my biological makeup to obtain the specific goal of walking, while the goal at the time was learning to incorporate the various proportions of my body to perform the desired action. The way in which I had to incorporate and manipulate the separate segments of my body to perform the motion of walking, is the same way i had to understand the motion i was trying to perform and the way I have to manipulate the different parts of my multi segmented body to receive the desired motion.
With motor development being fluid throughout one’s lifespan, there are plenty of elements that contribute to the progression of certain skills. The development of specific skills are usually directional in progression. Skills are built upon, elements are added to the skill making them much more complex in nature, while also requiring less effort to add onto these skills’ the fundamental period is as important as every other period of development. This period is defined as the building block of motor development, because it is required for the development of emergent skills. Locomotion that many may identify as a trivial motion are actually very necessary to the further development of motion. The onset of this stage is identified by independent feeding and bipedal locomotion.
Due to the ontogenetic development I was cuddled for a lengthy amount of time, which may have contributed to a delay in my progression. After I adjusted to movement with the rickets condition, my parents saw it fit that I receive medical intervention to correct my legs. After a year of learning how to function with my legs in such a position, I would have to learn to function with the braces that were put in place for correction. These braces where bulky in weight, which I had to consciously account for and added a larger dimension to my figure. After being accompanied with the braces for such a time, like most I was able to adapt and make arrangements for my newly adjusted constraints.
Thereafter, I had the braces removed, which made the lower portion of my body light, once again I had to account for the change in that physical dynamic. Similar to before, the methods I used to get around had to then be adjusted to suit the new degrees of freedom. I would imagine that it was a puzzle trying to figure out how to manage my weight, seeing as though the braces played a large part in my balancing before. The braces also contributed to the degrees of posture I possessed. After having my legs corrected the adults around rarely took into consideration the fact that I had to learn to walk without the previous constraints, which was understandable. They may not have considered that I had to relearn the same system of movement, just without those same constraints. Given this information about the reconstruction of my legs due to their physical abnormalities, during this period during this period my development was very much dependant on my cognitive and physical adjustments of both my physical makeup, and enivironmental surroundings.

Context specific period
As I began to age, around the age of seven, I began to enter the context specific period. The context specific a motor developmental phase which is characterized by the ontogenetic skills, which are skills unique to a specific individual. Most children during this period obtain context-specific knowledge related to experiences, this knowledge is used for the advancement of that child in any particular skill. The context-specific period also represents the transition between the attainment of the fundamental motor skills and the transformation into skillful motor performance. This phase appears to be heavily dependent on environmental and task constraints, the internal motivation and positive reinforcements may also play a large role in the success of this transition. Organism constraints also played important roles, such as physical, social and emotional development.
While attending a beginners swimming class at the age of four, my intrinsic motivation to attend practice was nothing more than going to have fun and splash around in the water with my newly made friends. As I matured and was made aware that to be promoted to the higher levels of swimming I had to successfully complete assessments, which were used to deem me competent of performing certain skills. The practice that was necessary to pass these assessments were also aiding in the development of what would soon be my skillfulness in swimming. I can recall hating to swim freestyle, which had to be performed in every assessment. I’m sure everyone has their own particular preferences for some reason or another this was mine, my couches blamed it on my laziness. Due to these repetitive practices, I was able to obtain experiences that contributed to the skills of a proficient swimmer. Swimming also profoundly contributed to my arm and leg coordination in the development of gross motor skills. At this time, both fine and gross motor skills had also improved. Around this same time my parents made sure to introduce me to more than just a few activities that triggered my interests. At the age of six I was enrolled in an ice skating program, where I learned the fundamentals to this sport. Unlike swimming, I did not omit as much time as I wish to this sport in particular which resulted in me not being as confident in this skill. Environmental constraints played a large role in the development of this period, or the lack of access to the environment that promotes success in the development.
Before building a repertoire with competitive diving I was introduced to various activities that if I had been persistent in the practice of, I would have likely have been deemed skillful in that particular activity.  I can remember being placed in swimming classes, because my parents were not avid swimmers and both understood disadvantage of not being comfortable in setting that involved water. The introduction to water was not an expected on though, I was placed into a early swimmer program, where an instructor would take the infant and introduce method in which the infant would use its reflects to stay afloat.
Compensation period
The compensation period can happen at any time, and for this time came when I decided I no longer wanted to be involved in water sport. This period was brief and demanding allot of work from me when I finally decided to resume diving. This period brought a change in constraints, in the way that my body was no longer use to the demands. Those who endure this phase of motor development are can continue on to be skillful, but usually not at the optimal level. It took lots of work for me to even feel comfortable after this period of delay

Skillful Period
The skillful period often begins at the age eleven, the term “skillfulness” could
Also be representative of the context-specific behavior because the skills performed at this time are very well individualized. The skillful phase of my motor development came long after I had been involved in swimming, I now understood the dimension of my developing body and the way in which I needed to maneuver in the water to perform at my best. I was introduced to diving while at swimming practicing, my freshman year of high school. I was nowhere near a fastest swimmer, but comically each year since my entry onto the swim team at Forestville Military Academy, I’ve been awarded best dive. My first time receiving that award I was offended, thinking I was receiving a medal stating that I was by far the slowest swimmer on the team, but soon after I came to the realization that diving had become my physical niche. There were no diving teams within competing distance, in reference to my school, but my swim coaches saw it fit that in addition to swim practice I would also set aside time to practice diving each week.
My goal is to continue to practice the sport of diving, with no wishes of competing. I want this to become a recreational activity for me, something that helps me relax. I wish to improve my skills in both diving and swimming. In better efforts to become skillful I think it would have been much more beneficial to the process if I would not have taken a break, due to that break I believe my performance began to lack, and my attempts were performed very poorly. I am at the point in life with enjoyment outweighs the feeling of competition.