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Lifespan Development Unit 19

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Lifespan Development Unit 19 Task 4 Jennifer Pedler Nina Parker Describe how having an understanding of lifespan development can help those delivering care to different client groups Regression Regression is where a child reverts to the behaviour of a younger child. This could be because of an upheaval or a significant life event, such as parental divorce or the birth of a new sibling. Understanding regression helps children workers. For example, at my placement, a child which normally ate with a knife and fork refused to and wanted to go back to using a spoon. His mother had recently given birth to another child. His key worker allowed him to do this, and the week after next, the boy was back to using a knife and fork. This was good for the child as the child was able to cope at the same rate. If a worker had not known about regression, the worker could have told the child to stop acting like a baby, or that the child should stop being silly. ...read more.


Understanding more about the processes involved in grieving for the loss of a loved one can help care workers in providing care for clients who are bereaved. This can be because the carer understands what the client is going through and therefore can be there for the client to talk to or to help known what they're going through. People can experience a bereavement reaction for other losses. This can be for a loss of a relationship, loss of a partner after divorce, the loss of a pet, the loss of a job, loss of a home (if the client has to give it up to live in a residential home). Bereavement will be at a different level of intensity for many different people, but the person will most likely experience many of the grieving feelings for some time. Having knowledge of the above can help care workers in responding to people who are coping with bereavement in many different settings, for example elderly, disabled and children. ...read more.


The care worker can also value the client's photographs and other mementoes. The care worker should also respect anniversaries and what the client feels they want to do at those times; also they should respect spiritual needs, contact with spiritual advisers and attendance at their religious services. Bowlby's theory of attachment The theory helps children's workers understand the needs the young children for their parents or main carers. The theory states that a child needs to feel close to one person, and this helps them feel safe and like they belong. This has resulted in the key worker system. This means that the child in a care environment has one "special friend" that they know and that spends time with them a lot. This means that they make a bond with them and they know that their key worker will always be there to be with them. The key worker system safeguards the psychological wellbeing of young children in day care. This is because they know that they are not being left alone and they are with someone that they know and that they know will care for them. ...read more.

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