Child Development Observation Report

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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 Feldstein, where they said mother and infants take turns with one another much more than speaking at the same time (Steinberg et al., 2011, pp. 142).

2. Physical Development: For Manden physical development, he did not start to crawl yet. However, he is actively rolling over his body while playing with his mother or sister. Other than that, whenever we put him in the baby’s chair, he needs the support, or else his head might fall down to the front. Based on the researches, Manden has not yet reached the norms of motor development, either gross motor or fine motor, for his age group (Steinberg et al., 2011, p. 109).
3. Language Development: In terms of language development, I did not hear any verbal communication from Manden along my observation. However, he can already recognize his own name and responded to it by smiling or wriggling. This is what I expected for a 6-month-old infant in their language development. Nevertheless, I did not hear Manden’s babbling like what is expected from infant in his group age (Senia, J., HDFS 102 notes, 2014, Spring).

4. Cognitive Development: During my observation for cognitive development, I played peek-a-boo with Manden. 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...

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