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For my child development study I am going to observe how a child shows their physical, emotional, social and intellectual development and skills. I will observe this child over a year and record their improvement of these skills.

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Introduction For my child development study I am going to observe how a child shows their physical, emotional, social and intellectual development and skills. I will observe this child over a year and record their improvement of these skills. Physical Description I went to the child's house on the 20th of February a 13:00pm, I was there for about 2 and a half hours. Her name Is Hilary and she is 3 years, 3 months and 3 weeks and 2 days. She was born on the 20th of November 2001. Hilary is 3ft 4 inches (101cm) and weighs 2 stone and 3lbs (31 lbs). The average height and weight of a 3 year old is 94cm and 31 lbs, Hilary is a normal size chid because she weighs 3 lbs and is only 6cm taller than the average height. Her face is round and she has chubby cheeks. Light brown freckles dot around her face and around her nose. She has dark brown almond shaped eyes and a small button nose. Hilary has a mixed race complexion and dark brown hair tied back into twists to keep it out of her face. All of her primary teeth have grown, her first tooth was her top front incisor, and her last was her back molar just before her third birthday. Hilary has big feet, she is a small size 4 and has many different shoes. Her fingers are long and she has wide palms. Personality Hilary is a very friendly and out going child, when I went into her house for the first time she came up and sat beside me and showed me her 'Noddy' book. By doing this it showed that she isn't really timid or shy of new/unfamiliar people. I asked Hilary what she was scared or frightened of and she told me she was scared of the dark and lions. ...read more.

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Her problem solving skills were shown when she was doing a jig saw puzzle, this was quite a complex problem for Hilary at her age. This showed that she had identified the problem and now had a solution. Social and Emotional Development At 3 years and 3 months Hilary should be able to go to the toilet on their own during the day and should stay dry at night time. After using the toilet she should be able to wash her hands on her own, however she may have difficulty drying them properly. Hilary should be able to want to become independent by wanting to dress herself, and use a fork and knife to feed herself. Hilary understands how to hold a knife and fork to feed her self, but she held them the wrong way round, her fork was in her right hand and her knife was in her left. I knew this because whilst I attended my observation Hilary was having lunch. Hilary knows how to use the toilet on her own but has to be reminded to flush the toilet and to wash her hands afterwards by a member of her family. I no this because I asked Hilary's mum about this social skill. She can wash her hands on her own when told to. Hilary doesn't usually wet the bed when she is sleeping and most of the time stays dry through the day. I could not observe this so I had to ask Hilary's mum about this milestone. Hilary is a well behaved child and is friendly towards most people, she was welcoming towards me when I first went into her house. She has learnt to share quickly because she has a younger sister who is 2 years old, this was a good thing because she learnt to share from a young age. By learning to share she also knows when it is some one else's turn to play with a toy, both of these skills were shown when Hilary and her little sister Chanella were playing with a small drum. ...read more.

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She understood what I had told her to do which shows she listens to commands and she ran round the obstacle course without precision. This was a different activity to do with Hilary because she usually prefers to do creative activities by using her fine motor and sensory skills. However I was pleased because she paid attention on this activity for around 15 minutes which showed that she did enjoy it. After I had finished this activity I packed away the pillows and chairs ect. That I had been using and said good bye to Hilary. She came over and said that she didn't want me to go but gave me a hug any way. I said thank you to her grandmother for letting me observe her and left. Evaluation Physical Hilary enjoys doing smaller muscle activities e.g. colouring and drawing, so the activities that I did were mostly using her fine motor and sensory skills. My first activity was colouring, Hilary loves to draw. She can control her pen in a pincer grasp when drawing and colours neatly with in the lines. For my second activity I done a drawing with Hilary, she had fine muscular control when she was drawing a lady bird. I helped her to write her name. My third activity was play dough, Hilary was not very keen on playing with the play dough at first because she didn't like the feel of it. But when I started to roll the play dough Hilary joined in, she was able to roll the play dough in to little balls but wasn't able to make the food out of the play dough. However I don't think she understood what to do. We went into the garden and were picking up leaves ready to do my fourth activity, Hilary used her fine motor skills to pick up the leaves. My fifth activity was an obstacle course in Hilary's front room, Hilary enjoyed this activity. She was able to climb, jump and crawl over the obstacles. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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