The Importance Of Socialization In Child Development

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Socialization is considered a process that starts from birth (MCI, 2013a) and is without a doubt an important part of the child’s development. Social development has been found to be closely connected to the child’s emotional development (MCI, 2013a). During infancy the child forms relationships with others that provide him/her with the trust needed to become independent. This in turns provides the child with the self-esteem required to start exploring his/her environment. Clearly the child’s environment consists of people and this is where social interaction begins.

During the initial parts of the observation (events # 1-8) Demetra is seen playing with Michelle on a floor with the Dinosaurs and later with the sea animals. During her play I notice Demetra use many words as well as gestures to express herself both to Michelle as well as myself hence indicating a form of communicational play (Macleod-Brudenell & Kay, 2008). During event # 3 it can be suggested that Michelle is giving Demetra instructions in regards to the dinosaur’s food and Demetra is seen cooperating with Michelle perhaps in an attempt to please her. Both cooperative play (Child Development Institute, undated a) as well as the need to please and be like her friend (American Academy of Paediatrics 2013) are considered normal developmental milestones for a child of Demetras age.

During events #6 and 8 I observed Demetra leaving her work and walking off without tidying away. In both cases Demetra seems

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