Toddler Observation Essay

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1An Observation of a 12-month-old, an AAI, and a Developmental CommentaryAn Observation of an Twelve-month-old Child, An Adult Attachment Interview,and a Developmental CommentaryPresented in partial fulfillment of the requirements of Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology, PSY 3059-NET@ Baruch CollegeOne Bernard Baruch WayNew York, New York 10010-5585Submitted by: Anthony Califano Presented to: Professor Lawrence Elcock, MABaruch College Baruch CollegeSpring 2014 Department of PsychologyEmail: anthony.califano@baruchmail.cuny.eduContentsQuotable Notables (3)1Thirty-Minute Toddler Observation (5)2Adult Attachment Interview Toddler Version (7)3Developmental Commentary (10)4References (14)" Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each " - Plato (424 - 384 BCE) " The children who are appreciated for what they are, even if they are homely, or clumsy, or slow, will grow up with confidences in themselves - happy. They will have a spirit that will make the best of all the capacities that they have, and of all the opportunities that come their way. They will make light of any handicaps " - Dr. Benjamin Spock Author of The Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care" The infant and young child should experience a warm, intimate, and continuous relationship with his mother (or permanent mother substitute) in which both find satisfaction and enjoyment " - J ohn Bowlby, 1951.Observational FrameLeo was born on April 12, 2013, which made him 12 months old at the time of this observation. When Leo was born, his mother was 29 and his father was 30. His mother is a Librarian at a New York Public Library Branch in the Bronx, New York and his father is a truck driver. Leo is the youngest of the two children his mother gave birth to. He has an older sister, Adison, who is 4 years old. Leo goes to daycare where a babysitter takes care of him and provides for him most week days while both of his parents are at work and while his sister is in pre-k. The family resides in a private house in the North East section of the Bronx. My previous contact and experience with Leo is limited, as I have only seen him a couple of times before when I visited their house and also when he came to his mom's job, where I also work. Although Leo has seen me before and recognizes my face when he sees me, he does not have a close relationship with me like he has with his family members. Taking this into consideration during my observation, I limited my communication with him, and let my presence do most of the work.The Lopez family resides on the second floor of a private house. During a sunny Sunday afternoon, I walked my way over to their house with the intentions of observing Leo and discovering the attachment style he has with his mother. From my previous talks with Leo's mom, I came into this knowing that she had a very close...

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