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Developmental Autobiography Essay

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I believe that my development as a child should be viewed from a global perspective. Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory applies to me because dynamic interactions between various social, cultural, and economic backgrounds shaped my development (Kinnucan, 2013). I was influenced culturally by my Indian heritage. I was impacted socially by stuttering and growing up bilingual in Gujarati and English. I was influenced economically by growing up in a middle-class family in a suburban environment. From these various perspectives, I will analyze my developmental from infancy (birth- 1 year), toddlerhood (1-3 years), preschool age (3-6 years), and school age (6-12 years). I interviewed my father in order to gain information about my behavior and development from infancy to school age.
On July 14, 1993, a healthy baby boy was delivered by C-section and weighed 8 lb. 6 oz. According to my father, as a newborn I had all the reflex behaviors such as sucking, crying, rooting, and grasping (Kail, 2012, p.97). I contracted hypoglycemia from my mother who had developed diabetes during pregnancy. I was placed in the ICU for two days for treatment (H. Patel, personal communication, November 1, 2013). Afterwards, I could be breastfed, held by my mother, and stay in the same room as my mother. These factors lead to the development of a secure attachment to my mother. In addition, I did not have elaborate bed time rituals because I co-slept with my parents or grandparents as an infant, toddler, and preschooler (H. Patel, personal communication, November 1, 2013, Kail, 2012, p.100). In my childhood, my parents and maternal grandparents cared for me and I interacted extensively with my older sister. Compared to when my sister was an infant, I was less fussy, more active and happy, had more regular sleeping times, and was better able to adapt to new situations (H. Patel, personal communication, November 1, 2013). For example, when my sister saw fireworks for the first time as an infant she cried the entire time; however, when I saw fireworks for the first time at the age of 6 months I seemed happy and interested (H. Patel, personal communication, November 1, 2013). As an infant and toddler I could be easily held by strangers if my family were in sight. I demonstrated stranger wariness only when my parents, grandparents, or sister were out of sight (Kail, 2012, p.315). According to Thomas and Chase patterns of temperament, I was categorized as easy and according to Rothbart dimensions of temperament I had a low degree of negative affect and a high degree of surgency and extroversion (Kail, 2012, p. 331-334). In addition I demonstrated a greater degree of effortful control. The Guajarati traditions of oil messages and stretching exercises were performed as an infant, which may have led accelerated muscular development (H. Patel, personal communication, November 1, 2013). I frequently played outside as an infant and child because I lived in a safe suburban...

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