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Child development - patterns of development. To increase my awareness and knowledge of a childs development, I am going to analyse and assess a case study based on a child called Marie.

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AO1 Child development Patterns of development In this piece of coursework, I am going to study the general development of a child from birth to eight years of age. I aim to be able to discuss and compare their development against the general recognized norms of a child's development and factors that influence development. The different types of development that I will be examining are the physical growth and physical development, the intellectual development, linguistic development and lastly the emotional and social development of a child. To increase my awareness and knowledge of a child's development, I am going to analyse and assess a case study based on a child called Marie. Case study Marie is a seven year old girl who lives with twin sister and her mother who is her primary care giver. She has two other siblings, a brother and sister who are older than her but she was not brought up with them as they were put into care when they were three and four years old as their mother could not handle them. However Marie sees her siblings regularly. Marie never had her father as a permanent part in her life as when she was three years old her dad moved away. He lived with her until she was eighteen months old before he split with her mum. Marie went to playschool at three years of age and she also moved at the age of three. She has moved to many different primary schools and houses. Marie mixed well with all her peers but mainly females at every school. She has good health apart from a small case of Asthma and a slight eye problem. Her asthma is kept under control with asthma pumps and her eye problem is kept under control wearing glasses. At the age of six Marie moved house again which interfered with her upbringing as she was out of school for a while and when she went back, she had to make new friends, which became harder to do as she became more self-conscious about herself. ...read more.

Middle

The other milestone "could distinguish match and name colours" Marie had achieved this 34 months and an average toddler would meet this by 36 months, therefore she is advanced. When Marie was at pre-school age she was in line with the first three milestones as she reached these at the age of four and the general age for the milestones is also four, therefore she is not advanced in these but she is still in line. The other four milestones listed in the table are usually met at the age of 5 but Marie met them all at 4 years old as you will be able to observe in the table, therefore this proves has progressed well. Lastly looking at the school age table, Marie is just in line with the general age. For example, "reading became a major interest", most school age children achieve this milestone between the ages of 6-8 years old. Marie met this milestone at 6 years old; therefore she is in line with the norm. The general age to meet all the milestones listed in this table are 6-8 years and Marie has met all milestones between the ages of 6-7 years therefore she is in line with the norm and not behind. Intellectual development - Visual exploration Infancy: Visual exploration Age Marie met milestone General age milestone is met * Played with fingers, hand, toes 4 months 4 months * Turned head toward bright colours and lights 4 months 4 months * Focused eyes on small objects and reached for them 7 and a half months 8 months * Explored objects by touching, shaking, banging, and mouthing 7 months 8 months * Interested in picture books 12 months 12 months * Looked at person talking to her 13 months 14 months Toddler Visual exploration Age marie met milestone General age milestone is met * Identified object in book 14 months 12-18 months * Can put together a 6 piece puzzle 34 months 36 months * Identified common colours ...read more.

Conclusion

17 months, Marie is 2 months ahead of this norm and this could be that she has to be independent and feed herself as she has a twin sister and her mother could be feeding her twin sister, therefore Marie has learned to feed herself. Looking at the pre-school table, again Marie is advanced by 1 year on all the milestones, as Marie has met all the milestones at the each of three, and most children meet these at the age of 4, this tells me she is ahead of the norm. Marie could dress and undress herself at 3 years old. The possible reason why she is advanced in this is because she was probably observing how her mother dressed her twin, therefore she copied her mother and dressed herself and this is how she became independent. Lastly looking at the school age table, the two milestones within this table, Marie has reached them at the age of five and the average age most school age children meets these milestones is at 6, therefore Marie is advanced and ahead of the norm. Marie played games their friends wanted to play but she didn't really want to play it, Marie probably met this early because she is used to taking turns as she has a twin sister and she is used to playing games with her twin sister that she didn't want to play. Overall from analysing all the tables for P.I.L.E.S I have observed that Marie is advanced in nearly all five aspects of development apart from her physical growth. When I was analysing the physical growth tables, I was predicting that because she was below the norm in her height and weight, she probably would stay behind the norm in the other aspects of development, but she hasn't, she has become the opposite and this has proved me wrong, because I initially thought that a child with poor growth would probably have poor development skills but I am wrong in this case. ...read more.

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