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Physical development is the process that starts in human infancy and continues into late adolescent concentrating on gross and fine motor skills as well as puberty. As a child learns what their bodies can do, they gain self-confidence, promoting social and emotional development.

 

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT IN YOUTH

Physical development is divided into two areas, growth and development.

Growth is the physical changes of, the increase in size, height and weight. Development is how children gain control over their physical actions to do complicated and difficult activities more skilfully and easily.

Physical development involves developing control over the body, particularly muscles and physical coordination.

 

OBSTACLES TO YOUTH PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

There are conditions which prevent children from keeping their body physically fit. These are:

  1. Lack of sleep – a child needs to sleep well in order to allow the body organs rest for a while.
  2. Lack of exercises – a child who does not exercise will develop weak limbs.
  3. Diseases – diseases weaken the child and cause some deformity in him.
  4. Poor diet – poor diet makes a child weak and unfit.

 

 UNHYGIENIC ENVIRONMENT 

This is unsafe environment for growth and development especially the children.

WHAT MUST BE DONE TO KEEP BODIES WELL GROOMED?

  1. Children should be allowed to sleep well.
  2. They should be encouraged to do regular exercises.
  3. They should be given good diet which contains protein, starch, oil and vitamins.
  4. They should be encouraged to maintain personal hygiene, that is, be neat and clean always.
  5. Total cleanliness and care of body – eyes, nose, mouth (teeth and tongue), hands, finger nails, legs, toe nails, private parts.

 

Strategies and activities

Step1: Teacher revises the previous topic

Step2: Teacher introduces the new topic

Step 3: Teacher explains the new topic

Step4: Teacher welcomes pupils questions

Step 5: Teacher evaluates the pupils

 

Evaluation and Assignment

  1. Explain physical develop;
  2. List five obstacles of physical development in youth
  3. What must be done to keep bodies well groomed?

 

See also

PREVENTION OF DRUG ABUSE

IDENTIFICATION OF ABUSERS

SOURCES OF DRUG SUPPLY

MODE OF DRUGS AND CONSEQUENCES

NATURE OF DRUG ABUSE AND ITS EFFECTS

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