Infant

Topics: Developmental psychology, Child development, Jean Piaget Pages: 2 (550 words) Published: February 27, 2014
Infant Observation
Time and Location
Date: February 4, 2014
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: the living room of the child’s home
Developmental Stage
The infant observed, SG, was female and approximately two months old. SG was still in the infancy stage. Physical Development
SG spent most of the time the observation was done asleep. When SG was awake though, a few experiments were conducted to test her reflexes. SG showed consistent signs of every reflex except the Stepping, and Tonic neck reflex. SG was not able to hold her head up independently yet, and didn’t show any signs of other motor development milestones (Berk 2010, 107.) SG’s eating habits seemed to be on a schedule with her sleeping habits as well. SG was being bottle fed. She ate shortly after the observation began and awoke again shortly before the observation ended.

Cognitive Development
“Piaget believed that infants and toddlers think with their eyes, ears, hands, and other sensorimotor equipment” (Berk 2010, 152.) On Piaget’s Sensorimotor Stage, SG would be classified in sub stage two. This classification was based on the way SG would open her mouth for a bottle and a pacifier. Also when SG awoke and needed bottle she would cry until she saw her mother enter the room. SG’s language development only consisted of crying and cooing. The infant seemed to only cry when she needed a diaper change or to be fed.

Social and Personality Development
SG seemed to overall be a happy baby. During the observation the infant showed no signs of colic. The mother and father of SG were very caring and provided a good stable home for her. SG was not neglected by neither the mother nor father. Both parents seemed to be patient and loving towards the infant. SG would cry when she needed to be fed or have her diaper changed and her mother would change it and soothe her crying. SG was fed twice during the observation. Once at the beginning by her mother, and later on during the observation by SG’s...
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