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To observe the particular need of a child when engaged in an activity, which illustrated his/ her particular special need.

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Title: A child with particular needs Date: 25th June, 2002 Aim: To observe the particular need of a child when engaged in an activity, which illustrated his/ her particular special need. Environment of the setting: This observation is taking place in a preparatory department in a year 2 classroom. There are twenty children in Year 2 class. The classroom was well-ventilated and well-lit. The children are working on their Maths paper. The particular special need of Florence: The child with particular special need is called Florence and she is 7 years 5 months. She is a slower learner in the class. She finds it more difficult to learn than most other children of the same age. The activities and tasks have been given to her from the teacher and were planned separately from the other children and an appropriate to her stage and standards. She also needs particular help from the teacher and the classroom assistant. She comes from Romania and has s French mother but she couldn't speak her own language, French or English very well. This has obviously affected her social and emotional development. My planning of the activity: She will need to listen my instruction for the activity. I will then give her a pencil and a piece of paper, and she will need to follow my instruction to draw a picture on the paper. The instructions I will be giving are as follow: 1) ...read more.

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Then I asked her to go back to her seat and praised her and said thank you to her. Conclusion: I feel I have been planned the task successful as I had discussed with her teacher to carry out the best activity for her. She seemed very enjoy on the activity, she doesn't feel frustrated or bored as she usually finds it very difficult to sit still and concentrate for any length of time. But nothing happen when she done my activity, apart from when she had nearly finished, she was fidgeting and wriggling in her chair as she saw the some children were sent to go to the toilet, which means near to break time. She wanted to get up and return to her desk, but with my praise and encouragement, she stayed still on her seat and quickly finished the picture. Overall, I think Florence had some confidence in her fine manipulative skills, but she was poorly on listening and speaking skills. She only respond in one or two words, but I came to the conclusion that she was unsure of the words I use such as beside, underneath. Before I observed Florence, I have been talked to her teacher about her language development, her teacher told me that she is a slow learner in the class and the classroom assistant and the teacher always try to find more time to talk to her and spend more time on her works. ...read more.

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Another method I could think of to do this observation is using Target Child method as is to look at the activity of one or more children and record what she is doing over a session. The advantage of using this method is allows Florence's activity to be tracked over a continuous period or observed specific activities for Florence. Unfortunately, this method relies on using code; therefore I or any observer needs to be able to use the code and concentrate hard to when observe the child. Recommendation: I would recommended that Florence need additional help in some area of development, because she can't speak really good English and she finds it quite difficult to communicate needs or make friends, therefore to promote her social skills. I would suggest that she need to join in a group activity e.g. model making which allow her to form a good relationship with others. She also needs to have friends and to feel that she belong there. Therefore the setting should make Florence feel welcome, and she needs to feel safe, both physically and emotionally by giving her a small job in the class e.g. helping snack and drink in break, which she will increase her self-esteem and confidence. This will also allow her to build up her language skill and social skill. Florence should be encouraged to live up to her potential and celebrated for her uniqueness. Adult should always look at children as individual first then consider their special need. ...read more.

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