Child Development Observation

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Introduction Child development and growth observation can be quite fascinating considering the uniqueness of each child. As children grow, they normally develop and acquire new skills whether complex or not. The abilities experienced by each child progresses differently that is depending on the nurturing given by the parent or guardian and on the characteristics that they inherit. Proper development and growth of the child occurs when basic needs are provided by the reliable adult guardians including such things as love, food, encouragement, shelter and warmth. The essay evaluates child development and growth through observation conducted by myself on my nephew. The essay will include physical development, general health, emotional development,…show more content…
According to this theory children undergo various stage series of cognitive development such as formal operational periods, sensory motor, concrete operational, and pre-operational (Doherty and Hughes, 2009). The child clearly displays that he is currently at the sensory motor stage that happen from birth to 2 years of age. Children at this stage understand the world through adopting their actions and senses through trial and error (Piaget & Cook, 1952). This is particularly interesting because he curiously puts things in his mouth and also like to feels things. For example, he will taste accessories such as earphones, phones covers and even one time he tried to put a razor blade in his mouth. He will feel things first before he plays with them and this was done especially when he found new interest in other toy like things such as remote controls and…show more content…
Child discover that they have different abilities and skills such as playing with toys and putting on shoes and these skills show that the child has a growing sense of autonomy and independence (Parrish, 2010). Carl is clearly at stage 2 that is autonomous versus doubt and shame where the child tries to achieve independence and purpose. This is clear because he will constantly refuse help from his mother especially during mealtimes and likes to feed himself. He will choose what to eat and an example of this is when his mother gave him some pasta with a serving of potatoes but he refused to eat that and instead wanted to eat fruit pudding. He tends to choose the toys he wants to play with and his mother clearly understands this by asking him which toys he wants each time he wants to play. The efforts of his mother supporting and encouraging him boosts his confidence, security and independence in his own abilities and enables him to survive and take on bold activities in the
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