I interviewed a woman who has a child with special needs. The child is now in kindergarten. The mother reported having a normal pregnancy with no complications. This was the second child for the mother, who has another child who was five years old at the time. The mother disclosed that during the pregnancy, she was in the process of separating from the child’s father and that this caused a moderate level of stress. At the time of the pregnancy, the mother was also working full time as a waitress in a local restaurant. The mother reported that her job required her to be on her feet for long periods of time. She was able to work until around a week before her child was born. The mother reports that the child was born around two weeks early but that labor was easy and the child was born healthy.
The mother described the child as being a fussy infant who had trouble sleeping and would awake several times during the night. The mother also reports the child was a fussy eater, and she experienced trouble feeding her daughter during infancy and needed to switch her daughter to soy formula. Overall the mother reported that the daughter was a happy infant who smiled often. The mother reported her child being alert and responding positively to family members who visited and enjoyed playing with her toys. In regards to the development, the mother reported that her daughter seemed to be developing slower than her first child who hit certain milestones earlier.
The mother reports remembering her daughter babbling, but says she did not say her first word until much later on than her first child. She said that this was a concern for her and that she discussed it with her pediatrician who did not see any cause for alarm at the time. When the child did start talking the mother reports she was “very difficult to understand.” The mother reports her daughter developing on track in other areas, and that she crawled on time and even reports she started walking earlier than accepted.
The household is a single-family household consisting of the mother a five-year-old sibling. The mother reported because she had to work all the time different family members and friends helped to care for the child throughout the infancy. The mother reported that the child responded well to different people. The mother reported that being a single mother was stressful.
When the child was a year, and half old, the mother placed her in family daycare center. The provider also cared for four other children between the ages of one and three. The child was in the provider’s care from the age of one and half until she was three years old. At three, she started to attend a full day preschool program. The mother reported no concerns during this period of the time and stated that her daughter was an easy child who listened. She also reported that her daughter was curious and liked to explore different things and that she especially liked playing with puzzles and books. The mother...