preconceptual stage

pre·con·cep·tu·al stage

in psychology, the stage of development in an infant's life, before actual conceptual thinking begins, in which sensorimotor activity predominates.

pre·con·cep·tu·al stage

(prē'kŏn-sĕp'shū-ăl stāj)
psychology The stage of development in an infant's life, before actual conceptual thinking, in which sensorimotor activity predominates.
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Included in this stage are the transitional and preconceptual stages in which children begin to transition from being limited to their environment to being able to conceptualize things that are not immediately present.