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  • 1. -4095750<br />3477738196278<br />37147513335<br />Newborn - 3 months 12 months - 15 months<br />50095151746251817370276860<br />8 months18 months - 24 months <br />Student Name: Effie BilirisProfessor’s Name: Jenny QuianzonClass Code: ECEP 103Date Due: November 4, 2010<br />When Melanie was 0 months old...You keep thinking about Melanie's dramatic birth! After about eight hours of labour, Melanie began to go into distress. The doctors said the baby was not in the correct position. They did a C-section, and ten minutes later you were looking at your new baby. You were awake but sedated during the procedure, but you both were able to hold Melanie after a little cleaning up. The Apgar score was 7-8. After Melanie was born, you felt the biggest surge of emotion that you have ever had. When you held Melanie in the delivery room you were amazed that you and your partner had brought this new being into existence.After only a week with Melanie, you can already feel a hormonal connection. When Melanie cries, you begin to lactate! This will increase if you choose to breast feed, but it will die off gradually if you do not.My virtual child reports (Infant): <br />-547878235331<br />When Melanie was 3 months old...Grandma has been coming over the past few weeks to take care of Melanie on weekends or in the evening for a couple of hours. This has put everyone in a better mood and gives you and your partner a chance to go out once in a while. However, you generally end up talking about Melanie and calling home a couple of times to make sure she is OK!At 3 months of age, Melanie is showing more intense interest in her surroundings. Melanie smiles at familiar people and toys, is able to laugh at surprising or funny things (such as a little dog), and is developing lots of cute little habits.Melanie is able to focus her eyes on you. She spends a lot of time studying your face and the faces of anyone who comes close to her.<br />When Melanie was 8 months old...You try the object permanence test. Melanie is able to find a hidden object, as long as you don’t wait too long or distract her in the middle of the search. Melanie really likes this hiding game and shows by her interest that she wants it repeated. However, if you hide the object in the same place repeatedly, and then change the hiding place, Melanie has a strong tendency to look in the old hiding place, and then get confused about where the object is, or forget about it. This curious error was first discovered by Piaget, but researchers have some new explanations for the error. Your partner plays with Melanie on weekends and in the evenings after getting home from work, but he misses some of Melanie’s little achievements (such as when she first sat up). Sort of a solution: buy a digital camcorder and have the live videos sent to him at work! You have been feeling irritable and somewhat depressed lately, and think it might be because you are at home alone a lot with the baby. You work out solutions involving your partner spending more time with the baby in the evening or on weekends, and creating more opportunities for you to socialize with adults, or just to get away alone or as a couple for awhile.As Melanie turns 9 months, the paediatrician has the following to say after a routine physical exam, a few items administered from the Bayley Scales of Infant Intelligence, and some observations of Melanie in the playroom: Melanie has an obvious attachment to Mom and prefers her over other people, but seems to have fun playing with Dad. She was cautious at first with the nurse and doctor, a normal reaction to strangers at this age.Melanie has been ill several times this season from colds or digestive upset. The doctor advises keeping her away from sick people, and checking out a new food for a few days to test for allergies. Melanie is cautious and shy in most new situations or with new people. With you present, she will eventually explore, but rarely warms up completely to the strange situation or person.Melanie has strong emotional reactions and has difficulty soothing herself back down. The doctor advises patience in dealing with Melanie’s emotions.Melanie is advanced in her gross and fine motor skills and enjoys crawling, pulling up to stand and manipulating objects.<br />-529590140335<br />-666750302895When Melanie was 12 months old...You try the object permanence test again. This time, Melanie is able to find the object even after long delays and seems to think this is a great game! You set up two hiding places for the object and hide it under one of the two cover repeatedly. When you switch it to the second hiding place, she no longer has the problem you saw earlier of searching at the more common of the two hiding places. You can’t even trick her by hiding it in your hand. Melanie likes this game and wants to play it over and over.You, your partner and Melanie like to visit grandma and grandpa’s house on weekends, and you all have a great time. Melanie loves to play with their gentle dog, and gets a lot of attention from grandma and grandpa. At nine months old, Melanie began to understand a few words and point to something she wanted. At twelve months old, Melanie now clearly understands a couple of dozen words. In fact, Melanie just recently pronounced her first clear word and pointed at the object in question... Was it “Mom”? Was it “Dad”? No, it was the name of your parents’ dog! Melanie’s first birthday is coming in a few days! You invite all the relatives over and throw a big party.Your partner has received an advancement and a pay raise. The three of you celebrate, and Melanie is very happy, but doesn’t have a clue what the party is about. <br />When Melanie was 15 months old...Melanie just turned 15 months of age, and you notice she often studies things in her environment and performs simple little “experiments” with them, almost like a little scientist. For example, she pushes her bath toys under water at various depths and delightedly watches how high they pop back above the surface. <br />-771525113030<br />When Melanie was 18 months old...You and your partner have been arguing recently about child care and household duties. You try to do this out of earshot of Melanie, but you notice that she has become more fussy and attention-demanding.Melanie has shown some interesting new behaviour. She acts shy when looking in the mirror, uses the word “me” a lot, and wants to do things herself. You think the new behaviour is a sign of self awareness, and you have to decide what the balance will be between allowing Melanie to be independent and teaching her to follow your rules. Melanie has a tremendous drive to use her motor skills. You have to keep an eye on Melanie because she will quickly toddle off into the crowd at public places or even into the street!Melanie is very interested in music, and often dances in rhythm to your favourite music, and tries to clap or sing along with songs that you sing or that are played on TV. You teach her some short little preschool songs and enjoy dancing or moving around together to music.You are showing Melanie how to take care of the growing number of plants you have on the sunny balcony of your apartment. Fortunately the balcony is child-safe, and there is no danger of Melanie falling.<br />The Virtual Child: Part One (INFANT)Student’s Name: Effie BilirisProfessor’s Name: Jenny QuianzonDate Due: November 4, 2010<br />
    • How does your baby’s developmental domains compare to the Developmental Milestones patterns? Is it typical? Support with examples.
    At three months of age, my baby’s social and emotional development is above the norm because she is able to smile and laugh in response to her surroundings (e.g. smiling at familiar toys and people, and laughing at surprising or funny things). She is above the norm because due to "Ages and Stages - Newborn to One Year." Ages and Stages: A Brief Overview Birth to 12 Years. Print., it states that responsive smiling and laughing occur when the infant is eight-months old.<br />According to Kail, Robert V., and Theresa Zolner. "Cognition in Infants and Toddlers." Children. Canadian Ed ed. Unknown: Prentice Hall Canada, 2005. 162. Print. my baby is at the norm upon completion of the object permanence test for an eight-month old because she is able to find the object and when the hiding spot changes. Melanie first temps to look in the original spot, and when she is unable to find it, she eventually gives up. <br />When faced with strangers, Melanie shows caution and shyness. According to "Ages and Stages - Newborn to One Year." Ages and Stages: A Brief Overview Birth to 12 Years. Print. by eight months old, babies respond differently to strangers and family members, which reveals that she is at the norm.<br />Listed in "Ages and Stages - Newborn to One Year." Ages and Stages: A Brief Overview Birth to 12 Years. Print. by the time a child reaches the first year of life, they should be able to crawl well, pull up to stand, and manipulate objects. This shows that Melanie is way above the norm in both gross motor and fine motor (physical development) since she has began to crawl, pull up to stand, and manipulate objects before 12 months.<br />When the object permanence test was re-done at 12 months, Melanie was able to find the object in the non-common hiding spot. In Kail, Robert V., and Theresa Zolner. "Cognition in Infants and Toddlers." Children. Canadian Ed ed. Unknown: Prentice Hall Canada, 2005. 162. Print., it states that “at about 12 months, rather than accepting that the object has disappeared, infants will look for a missing object in several different locations. This reveals that Melanie is above the norm since she found the object instantly.<br />In language development, Melanie said her first clear word at nine months. From the book, "Ages and Stages - Newborn to One Year." Ages and Stages: A Brief Overview Birth to 12 Years. Print. infants usually say their first words at a twelve months of age. This shows that Melanie is about three months above the norm in intellectual development. Also she is able to point to the object in question.<br />According to Kail, Robert V., and Theresa Zolner. "Social Behaviour and Personality in Infants and Toddlers." Children. Canadian Ed ed. Unknown: Prentice Hall Canada, 2005. 208. Print., children begin referring to themselves as “I” or “me,” between the ages of 18 and 24 months. This shows that Melanie is at the norm because she frequently calls herself, “me.”<br />Melanie is below the norm specifically when it comes to music. This is because she starts to show a interest in music by dancing, clapping, and singing along to music about 6 months after the normal age, specifically stated in "Ages and Stages - Newborn to One Year." Ages and Stages: A Brief Overview Birth to 12 Years. Print.<br />According to http://myvirtualchild.com/moment.php?index=450, Melanie’s language development is at the norm after completing the examiner’s test. Also, Melanie proved to be below the norm when it came to replica block building, copying shapes, colouring within the lines, and solving picture puzzles.<br />2.) Identify specific health and safety considerations that you will have to consider during the infant years. How will you address these issues?One specific health consideration that I will have to consider with Melanie during the infant years is the common cold. According to Pimento, Barbara, and Deborah Kernested. "Illness Management." Healthy Foundations in Early Childhood Settings. Toronto: Nelson Education, 2004. 172. Print., some ways I could address the common cold issues and try to prevent them are by washing my hands and her hands carefully, model and encourage her to cover her mouth when coughing and sneezing, and discard used tissues after they have been used to prevent from reusing that tissue. As stated in http://myvirtualchild.com/moment.php?index=561, I could address the issues of the common cold by keeping her away from sick people. <br />Another specific health consideration I will have to consider is her digestive upsets. According to the http://myvirtualchild.com/moment.php?index=561, I could address this issue by checking out new food items for a few days, which will test for allergies.<br />Since Melanie is able to crawl and pull herself up to stand, some safety considerations I will have to consider are ensuring child-proofing some areas of the home, specifically the edges of the tables. This will be because in case she falls back while pulling up, she will not hurt herself as bad. Also, I could place padding under the areas of where she usually pulls herself up, and place items that are easier for her to hold. <br />When Melanie became 18 months old, she started to walk off into a crowd at public places. To ensure safety, I could ensure myself that I am holding her hand, so that she will not get the opportunity to walk away. <br />When Melanie was 19 months old...Melanie is able to imitate actions or words that she has seen or heard days before. This greatly expands her ability to learn new things. Melanie also seems to be aware of basic categories, such as big or little, and blue or red. You can tell because of the way she is sorting her toys.The preschool that you are considering for Melanie offers low-priced developmental assessments. Melanie is able to enrol when she becomes reasonably well potty-trained. She is 19 months old now. Just to find out how Melanie’s development compares to other children of her age at this point, you have an assessment done. The early childhood specialist observes Melanie in free play with other kids and does a little testing of cognitive skills. She reports the following:After she got warmed up, Melanie seemed to get along very well with the other kids, and was unusually cooperative for a child of her age. The examiner thought that Melanie would adapt well to the preschool environment.The specialist said it was clear that Melanie had a strong and secure attachment to Mom and was beginning to develop such an attachment to Dad. She recommended “keep doing whatever you are doing” and don’t be afraid for Dad to be involved in more day to day care, feeding, etc. Melanie was shy with the examiner, who thought she was nervous around new adults or just didn’t know what to do. She recommended that Melanie stay with one primary preschool or daycare provider during the day and get to know other new adults slowly.The examiner observed Melanie become moody and irritable several times during the play session, when things did not go her way. The examiner recommended that you help Melanie regulate her moods gradually by not overreacting to mood changes, and by patiently waiting for her to calm down and communicate her desires.Melanie scored at about the 18-19 month range for communication skill, language comprehension and language production. This is age-appropriate of course, but the examiner recommended that because Melanie was in such an important period of language development, that you spend as much time as possible talking with Melanie, asking questions that require some kind of extended answer (rather than just “yes” or “no”), and looking at and naming things in picture books, etc. Melanie was below age-norms on tasks such as building a block tower to model one made by the examiner and other spatial skills such as copying shapes, coloring within the lines and solving picture puzzles. The examiner said that if Melanie was interested, you could work on these kinds of activities more, but not to push them. In that case, just making the materials available as an option would be a good idea.Melanie was advanced in her gross motor skills. The examiner recommended that you expose Melanie to a variety of indoor and outdoor activities and let her interests be the guide as to what to pursue.The examiner commented that Melanie was able to concentrate very well during all of the informal testing, and if this continues, she would be more than ready for preschool-type activities, which typically require children to stay on task or remain in “group time” for 10-15 minutes. She also recommended getting Melanie to follow simple directions at home, gradually increasing the complexity and length of the directions. My Virtual Child Reports (Toddler): <br />-77152586360<br />-714375-201930When Melanie was 24 months old...Melanie was over at the neighbour’s house a couple of weeks ago and was scratched by their cat. Since then, Melanie has not wanted to visit the kindly neighbour, and has been more clingy and whiny than usual.Melanie has been riding her “hot wheels” tricycle a lot lately, but recently has avoided it completely because of a scary accident in which she went off a curb in the park and got scratched up. You don’t push Melanie to get back on the tricycle. You figure she will get back on it when she is ready.You notice that Melanie has some new emotions over the past few months. Some things you have noticed are shy smiles when asked to be in photographs, looking guilty when she breaks something, and embarrassment when she has a potty accident. You realize these new emotions are related to her developing self awareness.Dad is spending more time with Melanie lately. Money is tight, because you are saving to buy a house, but Dad and Melanie have fun in inexpensive activities like going to the zoo, the petting farm, museums and the park.<br />The Virtual Child: Part One (TODDLER)Student’s Name: Effie BilirisProfessor’s Name: Jenny QuianzonDate Due: November 4, 2010<br />
    • How is your child progressing based on typical toddler development? Give specific example in all developmental domains.In terms of physical development, my child is above the norm, specifically in gross motor. This is because at 2 years (24 months) old, she is able to ride a tricycle. According to "Ages & Stages - Two-Year Olds." Ages and Stages: A Brief Overview Birth to 12 Years. Print. the average child pedals a tricycle at 3 years old.
    • 2. In terms of cognitive development, my child ended up below the norm. According to the virtual child reports, Melanie was unable to build a similar structure to the examiner’s, copy shapes, solve puzzles, and colour within the lines. It also states that I can help her improve by making the related materials available.
    • 3. In terms of language development, it is shown from the Virtual Child reports that Melanie is at the norm. It also reveals that I can help her improve by extending my answers to her questions, and conversing with her.
    • 4. In terms of social development, my child’s at the norm specifically for the level of shyness. In the "Ages & Stages - Two-Year Olds." Ages and Stages: A Brief Overview Birth to 12 Years. Print. it states that 2 year-olds act shy around strangers, and Melanie showed shyness to the childcare examiner.
    • 5. According to Kail, Robert V., and Theresa Zolner. "Social Behaviour and Personality in Infants and Toddlers." Children. Canadian Ed ed. Unknown: Prentice Hall Canada, 2005. 208. Print., my child’s emotional development is at the norm since she is developing self-awareness. For example, she smiles shyly when asked to take a photograph, looking guilty when destroying something, and feeling embarrassed when a potty accident occurs.
    • 6. Have there been any environmental events in your child’s first 2½ years that you think might influence his/her behaviour and development? Does this create any health and safety concerns for your toddler? Please explain!
    • 7. When my child was 24 months old, she was scratched by the kind neighbour’s cat. This has influence her behaviour since she does not want to go visit them anymore. Also, Melanie has become clingier to me than usual.
    • 8. Also, when Melanie was 24 months old, she got into a scary accident where she went off the curb in the park and got scratched up from riding her tricycle. This has influenced her behaviour since she avoids riding now. According to Pimento, Barbara, and Deborah Kernested. "Illness Management." Healthy Foundations in Early Childhood Settings. Toronto: Nelson Education, 2004. 366. Print., I could help my child by modeling safe bike riding, in hopes to getting her back on the tricycle. Also, I could actively supervise my child when she decides to get back on the tricycle, to better ensure her safety.
    My Virtual Child - Reflection PaperStudent Name: Effie BilirisStudent Number: 300-595-437Professor Name: Jenny QuianzonDate Due: November 4, 2010<br />Write a paper discussing your predictions during Preschool/School Age years in the areas of health, development, and the “whole child.”Validate why you think this way.<br />When my child was an infant and toddler, she did not come across many health concerns except for the seasonal cold and digestive upsets at eight months. My prediction for preschool and school age is that she will not develop a food allergy. Also, I predict that since the cold and digestive upsets have decreased over the months that they may return during her growth process, due to the greater exposure to other children in childcare. When it comes to potty-training, I predict Melanie will be fully potty-trained by age 3 and half, with no more accidents occurring at home, or in childcare. <br />During the infant and toddler years, my child was very developed in her physical development, specifically with gross motor and fine motor. My prediction for the upcoming years is that she will continue to grow and use her gross motor skills to be above the norm in running, climbing, and jumping I also predict that with the help, she will get back on the tricycle and eventually ride a bicycle, without the fear of falling off and hurting herself. In regards to fine motor, my prediction will be she will get the hang of building replicated block towers, colour within the lines, and copy shapes due to me making the objects available to her. While her fine motor skills continue to improve during the school year ages, I predict my child will be able to tie up her laces, and cut with scissors. <br />For cognitive/intellectual development, I predict my child will be more experimental in her environment, and with the objects in her surroundings. Also, I predict she will begin to have a longer attention span and concentrate for longer periods. I predict this because when she was a toddler she was able to stay on task for 10 to 15 minutes. Also, I predict she will be better in following longer directions.<br />In language development, I predict that Melanie will grow and be able to speak at the normal range of a preschool child. I believe this will occur with my help and also by continuous listening and the available tools (picture books with limited words, storytelling time, and other children’s communication skills). I also predict she will be able to write her name by the time she enrols in kindergarten. Also, by the school years when her language improves she will begin to read more worded short chapter books. <br />In social and emotional development, my predictions for preschool and school age will be that she will be less clingy to her mother over the period of when she is in childcare and want to be around her father more. Also, I think she will be most sociable with the other girls in the program and less with the boys (in preschool). When she gets to the latter school aged years, I predict she will be much more sociable with a couple of boys, while still finding comfort in girls. Emotionally, I predict she will be much less shy with photographs and mirror-looking, feeling less and less guilty in accidental doings, and finally become aware of herself.<br />