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G.C.S.E. CHILD DEVELOPMENT. INTRODUCTION. Jessica Anne was born on the 22nd of August 1995. She weighed 7lbs 10oz and measured 53cm ( 21 inches ) in length. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION. Jessica is now 13 months old and weighs 19lbs 13oz. The weight chart on page 3, taken from The Bounty Baby Care Guide, shows that she is slightly under the average weight for a girl her age. The height chart, also on page 3, shows that Jessica is of average height for a girl her age, 74.5cm ( 29.3 inches ). Jessica has quite a lot of very fine blonde hair. She has wide slate blue/grey eyes. Her eyebrows and eyelashes are so pale that they are almost invisible. She has a small round face with chubby cheeks and a small button nose. She has a small rosebud mouth. The picture on page 2, taken when Jessica was 6 months old, shows this. Jessica has a small dry patch under her right eye, which is suspected to be the start of eczema. Apart from this she has a very clear and smooth complexion. Jessica has 10 teeth and the 11th is busy coming through, this does not seem to be causing her much discomfort or upset. INTELLECTUAL. Jessica is coping very well with the concept of 'proper' meals and is quite successful at feeding herself. Jessica has been talking since she was 8 months old and can now say 9 words. These are - mama, dada, granda, hiya, ta, here, that, bath and doggie. Although she can only say these words she can understand much more and, on occasion, demonstrates this. For example when the word nappy is mentioned she runs away and hides to avoid being changed. When Jessica plays with her shape sorter she shows preference for rounded shapes (i.e. Circle and oval ) by always putting them in place first. This shows intellectual skills and good co-ordination. ...read more.


They played quite happily with the different activities and did not argue. When it was time for Shannon to leave Jessica was reluctant to let him go but did not get too upset. EVALUATION. It appears that Jessica plays better with other children than she does on her own. She quickly becomes bored with her own company and clamours for attention. Although there were short periods when they totally ignored each other they soon tired of this and sought each other out. PRACTICAL ASPECT. 1. SELECTION. I have decided to take Jessica swimming. This was decided jointly with her mother whose suggestion it was. I believe it to be a suitable choice as Jessicas bath-time activities prove that she likes the water and it will be interesting to observe her reactions to the larger scale of a swimming pool. It will also provide another opportunity to observe her social skills and emotional development. PLANNING AND ORGANISATION. For this I will need to find out the cost for two non-member adults and one non-member child at Ashington baths. The bus fares of 95p for Jessicas mother and 48p for myself also have to be paid. I telephoned the Leisure Centre and found that the cost would be �1.40 each for Jessicas mother and myself and 40p for Jessica. We plan to use the "learners" pool as we feel this will help towards Jessica feeling confident. We both intend to stay with her in the pool for safety. 2. EXPECTATIONS. From this experience I hope to observe Jessica gaining confidence in new abilities. It may also provide an opportunity for further developing her social skills as there are likely to be other children present of a similar age. I hope that Jessica will learn what it feels like to float in water instead of just sitting still (as in the bath). I also plan to watch her emotional reactions - i.e. ...read more.


INTELLECTUAL. When I started my study Jessica could say 9 words :- "mama", "dada", "Granda", "doggie", "here", "ta", "that", "hiya" and "bath". Since then her vocabulary has expanded rapidly and now includes "bow", "tree", "light", "let go", "book", "here you are", "Deese"(Louise), "enni"(Jenny), "no", "yes", "stop", "who", "tick-tock" and many more. She also now says "mam" instead of "mama" and, as mentioned during visit 3, can also form simple sentences. Her understanding of language has also enlarged and she knows when she is being talked about. Since approximately two months ago when she is told that it time for bed she opens the door leading to the stairs. ( Her mother has reversed the direction of most of the handles to prevent her "exploring" too easily). If she is told to "get ready for bed" she fetches a clean nappy and the tube of zinc and castor oil cream. "Going for a walk" prompts her to put her shoes on and bring you her hat. She also now understands "No", "leave it alone", "get off", "sit down," "stop it" and "naughty". She recognises when people are pleased, cross or upset with her. EMOTIONAL/SOCIAL. Jessica is a very secure and well loved child. As a result of this she mixes readily with others and is happy to share her toys. (As was seen during visit 4.) She shows her emotions openly, getting excited when she sees her grandparents or me. She is also delighted to see her mother if she has been left with somebody else for a while. When anybody she is close to prepares to leave she gets upset and clings to them but soon settles if told they will return and does not usually remain worried for more than a few minutes. She is quite happy to remain with me for short periods if her mother needs to go to the shops. ENVIRONMENT. Jessica's environment has remained the same since this study began except that their dog has gone to live with her grandparents as it was considered both safer and more hygienic. 15 ...read more.

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