Kids' progress slow, survey finds

national October 25, 2012 00:00

By THE NATION

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The development of social skills in Thai children between three and five years of age is slow, according to a survey.



The Books for Children Foundation reported recently that five-year-olds had problems with behaviour and conscience.

Children aged three to five do not realise that what they do affects others’ feelings and behaviour, while 1 per cent of four-year-olds understand that, it said.

None of the five-year-olds return the belongings of their friends to them, while 69 per cent of four-year-olds and 75 per cent of three-year-olds return the belonging to their friends, the survey found.

Only 33 per cent of five-year-olds volunteer to help their friends, while 62 per cent of three-year-olds and 80 per cent of four-year-olds do. Also, many children’s motor and memorisation skills are not as effective as they should be. It was found that they could not fold paper because their small muscles lacked practice. Many could not remember their home or emergency phone numbers.

The baseline study was conducted on 304 children at 17 child-development centres across the country in the 2011 academic year.

It looked into seven main points – their physical health and movements, social development, emotional development, intelligence quotient and thinking development, language development, moral development, and creativity development.

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