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Sensorimotor Interview One child 8 to 24 months old The development of each infa

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Sensorimotor Interview
One child 8 to 24 months old
The development of each infant/toddler is unique and progresses over a span of just a few years, yet during this short amount of time, the child moves through a succession of fairly predictable milestones in physical, social-emotional, and cognitive growth. Exploring each of these domains is important to the Developmental Scientist as they seek to fully understand the whole child.
It is very important to talk to the parent/caregiver ahead of time, making sure they fully understand the purpose of this assignment. When conducting the interview, remember to be prompt, giving yourself time to talk with the parent/caregiver and familiarize yourself with the child so they each feel comfortable with you. It’s best to have the child sit in the parent/caregiver’s lap, either at a table or on a rug or carpet. Recording the interview with audio or video equipment is helpful, but always ask the parent/caregiver for permission (see photo release form) and be respectful of their requests. If you are able to record the interview, include the signed photo release in your final paper; you will need to delete the recording after you have completed the assignment. Remember that if the parent/caregiver has the right to refuse to answer any of the questions listed. However, if they do not want to answer many of the questions you will need to find another child. Your final paper will consist of a title page listing the name of the assignment (Infant/Toddler Interview) course section, which includes the class day/s and time, professor’s name (check spelling!), along with your name and date. You will use section headers to begin each section. The body of the paper will be covered in seven sections:
Description of the interview environment and the day and time it took place (where the interview took place, i.e. child’s home, yard, school, park, etc., overall demeanor of the child, attitude of the parent/caregiver, etc.). A clear and descriptive written narrative of the setting and time, etc. is important because it helps the reader understand certain circumstances/conditions that might have impacted the interview.
Demographic information. This information can be written in a narrative or bullet format. Please make sure all information listed is included. Demographic information:
Child’s Name (first name only)
DOB (list age in months)
Length of gestation/pregnancy (list length of time in weeks)
Any complications during pregnancy/birth
Physical development. This narrative describes the physical milestones of the child. Use Chapter 4 from our textbook to analyze and compare your data. Physical development (this should be in narrative form, meaning no bullet points):
Weight/length at birth
Child’s current weight/length
Overall health of the child
When did the child first (share age in months):
Lift head
Roll over
Grasp object (rattle, small toy)
Sit up
Eat solid foods
Pull up to a standing position
Take first steps
Social-emotional development. Utilizing Thomas and Chess’ New York Longitudinal Study (NYLS) research ( Chapter 6 of our textbook) you will be asking the child’s parent/caregiver a series of questions, observing the child yourself, and then concluding if the child’s temperament is “Easy”, “Slow-to-Warm”, or “Difficult”. Social-emotional development: You will be asking the parent/caregiver questions about the child’s temperament as well as observing the child for specific aspects that support your conclusion of the child’s temperament. Remember to be thorough when describing the child’s temperament. Your responses must contain the parent/caregiver’s answers/comments as well as your observations.
• What is the general mood of your child when you wake them up, throughout the day, before nap or bed?
• Does your child have regular sleeping, eating, and eliminate habits?
• Does your child regularly try new foods?
• Does your child smile at people that are strangers to him/her when being held by you?
• Does your child easily adapt to changes in routine?
• Does your child become easily frustrated? From all this information, your write-up should include if you believe the child is “Easy”, “Slow-To-Warm” or “Difficult” as researched by Thomas and Chess (Chapter 6 of our textbook). Also discuss the reasons why you came to this conclusion.
Cognitive development. For this section you will need a small toy (keep in mind it needs to be safe and easy to handle for the young child), and a hand towel. You will be determining if the child has a sense that objects remain permanent even though they are no longer visible. Use the sensorimotor chart provided to analyze your data. Cognitive development: This section will determine if the child has a sense of object permanence: Jean Piaget’s concept that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be observed (seen, heard, touched, smelled or sensed in any way) – see the video posted in this chapter.
• With the child sitting across from you in the parent/caregiver’s lap, and the hand towel on the table/floor within the child’s reach, begin to show the child the keys/small toy.
• When the child reaches for it, place it completely under the towel so it can no longer be seen. If the child removes the towel to find the keys/toy repeat the action two more times for a total of three times.
• If the child does not seek out the keys/toy, keep the object under the towel, let a part of the object protrude out of the towel so it can be seen by the child. If they reach for the keys/toy, repeat the original task by placing the object completely under the towel to see if the child removes the towel. Again repeat this two more times.
Your write-up in this section will discuss the ages at when object permanence begins and when it should be solidified within the child. It will also include your descriptions of the interactions of the child during this task and your conclusions if the child has object permanence, is in a transitional stage, or does not have this cognitive skill yet. Use the sensorimotor chart provided below, to analyze your data, as well as chapter 5.
Conclusion. You will be writing your conclusions of what you learned from your interview with the parent/caregiver and your observation of the child in all the areas mentioned. Conclusion: This section must include your thoughts about the interview, where you believe the child is currently from a developmental perspective, what you have learned about infants/toddlers and any other thoughts or comments you might have.
References. Any research and reading that you did including the textbook and the handout must be referenced utilizing APA or MLA style. References: Remember that all references must be written utilizing APA or MLA style. When you cite the textbook and the Sensorimotor Reference Chart, you will want to indicate those sources as well.

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