preoperational thought phase

preoperational thought phase

[prē·op′ərā′shənəl]
Etymology: L, prae + operari, to work; AS, thot + Gk, phainein, to show
a Piagetian phase of child development, during the period of 2 to 7 years of age, when the child focuses on the use of language as a tool to meet his or her needs.