Infant Observation Essay

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Infant Observation On Wednesday, April 3rd, 2002, Lauren an African American, dark brown hair, brown eyed girl was one of the infants that our class observed. Lauren was born on November 7th 2000 and was a full term baby. Right now Lauren is about 1-½ years old and weighs approximately 32 lbs. Lauren lives with her Mother, Father, and 2 older brothers. Lauren's parents take her to a daycare center almost every day with some exceptions.1. Lauren focused most of her time on different objects such as toys, food, and people. Berger (pg. 158) says that by the 12 months of an infant's life he or she should have a vision of 20/20. During the hour we observed Lauren she played with different ...view middle of the document...

According to table 5.2 (Berger pg. 153), most infants should master their walking by the age of 1 which it seemed as if Lauren has done so since she had no trouble walking by herself around the classroom.3. Lauren seems to have a glowing smile on her face. Most of the time she would have a smile responding to the people around her that are saying or doing something involving her or someone else (Berger pg. 208). Lauren seemed to adjust to the new surrounding pretty quickly, she felt a little distress for the first few seconds I would say, but got over it quickly. The attachment between Lauren and her cousin contradicts what Berger says on page 225, that people desire continual contact and feel distress when two are separated. Lauren's cousin and her relationship seem to be more of a secure attachment then insecure. Lauren feels comfortable and confident to explore new things in a new environment, even knowing that her cousin is there or not (Berger pg. 228).4. Table 6.2 points out that by the age of 13-18 months infants have a slow growth of vocabulary, up to about 50 words (Berger pg., 194). Lauren loved to talk, she would talk to everyone and her words or actions seemed somewhat clear to what she actually wanted to say. Lauren really did not repeat words or certain syllables. She would ask Professor Berg how to spell certain words and try to write them out. When Lauren was drawing in the yellow notepad she would draw many dinosaurs and claimed that everything she drew was pretty much a dinosaur. It seemed as if Lauren was using holophrases, which are single words, that expresses a complete thought (Berger pg. 198). The complete thought in this case would be her drawings and associating it as a dinosaur. As Lauren sat down in one place she would engage a conversation would Professor Berg. Professor berg asked Lauren were the baby bottle went and Lauren had not problem of finding it right under the towel. Professor Berg was having a conversation with her by repeating the same question "where's the baby bottle Lauren?" and putting stress on a certain words of importance, so that she would respond (Berger pg. 202).5. Lauren was always exploring things around her, she would be curious of what others were doing especially the two babies that was in the room as well. She had this fascination about helping the other babies, she loved to meddle in what the other two infants were doing but Lauren was not in anyway selfish with anything. According to lecture, Infants like to explore and see new things (Berg, lecture). Lauren explored on her own without feeling the need to ask her cousin for assurance of exploring the...

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