Child Development Observation Report Essay

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Compare and contrast a child from younger age group with a child from an older age group.

For the younger age group, I observed a 6-month-old, boy infant, called Manden, in my friend’s home.

1. Adult/Teacher Interaction: In an adult interaction, the child I observed were more engaged with the people around him by infant-directed speech. His mom and I were basically called his name by rhythm, and he responded to us by smiling and being excited. As I observe in terms of turn-taking, I realize Manden responded to the people around him after everyone is done talking to him. For example, he looked at the person who he believed is talking to him. After the person was done, he will smile or laugh. This matched the research by Jasnow and
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He really enjoyed playing the games. I realize that whenever I hid my face from him, his face looked natural, he was not trying to find where did I go. However, when I appear in front of him, he smiled and giggled. This is consistent with Manden normative development where he can recognize familiar faces and respond to the sound of people around him (Arnold K., 2013). Other than that, he also has started to put things in his mouth. According to his mother, Manden also has started to eat gentle baby food. Referring to Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development, Manden is in the sensorimotor stage based on his action towards the objects around him (Steinberg et al., 2011, p. 126-127).

5. Social Interactions/Development: There are not too much I expected to see in Manden’s social interaction in my observation. At first, Manden was really attached to his mother. He was afraid when other people tried to take him from his mother. After a while, he can accept people around him and did not cry when separated from his mother. He also looked happy when other people keep calling his name. He has also become more excited when her sister come near him and tried to play with him. Even though I expected to see more active interaction between Manden and his sister, but I did not get the chance since he seems to start crying whenever his mother put him down to play. However, the way he reacts to strangers; where he
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