Observation Physical Development of a New Born Baby

Topics: Child development, Developmental psychology, Infant Pages: 14 (3164 words) Published: January 12, 2014
Assignment 1: Observation – Physical
Development

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Assignment 1: Observation – Physical Development ................................................................ 1 Background Details................................................................................................................. 3 Rationale ................................................................................................................................ 4 Methodology: CHECKLIST ....................................................................................................... 5 Evaluation ............................................................................................................................... 6 Personal Learning ................................................................................................................... 9 Recommendations ............................................................................................................... 11 References List ..................................................................................................................... 12

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Background Details
Candidate Name:
Date

Class:

28/10/2013

Method used:

Observation no: 1

Pin no:

Checklist

Aim of Observation:
To observe a two and a half months old child, both fine and gross motor skills in physical development, to identify if TC is at the correct age and stage in his physical development. Details of the setting: The observation takes place indoor, in TC´s house. It is a flat in the city centre.

Immediate context:
It is sunny outside, so this morning TC went out with his mother in his trolley and TC felt asleep. He woke 10 minutes ago.
Ob. Starting time:

12:00 am

Ob. Finishing time:

13:20

No of adults present:

1

Role(s) of Adult(s):

Mother

No of children present:

0

Initial of child being observed:

TC

Age and gender of child being observed: TC is a boy, he is two and a half months old Additional Information:
TC is the only child of a young couple. His mother is in maternal leave.

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Rationale
The reason for carrying out this observation is to verify that TC is at the correct stage of his physical development, this is how the movements of the body get more complex. At this stage, babies are starting to get some control over his body - even starting to realise that it is actually his body (Parenting and Child Health, 2013)

There are many milestones (developmental norms) described for a baby of three months old that could be tested having into account both fine and gross motor skills. In an attempt for being objective 10 milestones from 4 different references that a baby of 3 months age is expecting to follow would be tested.



5 milestones related to gross motor skills – Using large muscles in the body that are used on kicking, keeping balance or crawling, for instance



5 milestones related to fine motor skills – These is referring to manipulative skills, such us moving the head or using hands for touching, grasping and dropping.

A child of this age usually kicks and claps just for fun, and they should be capable of respond to familiar situations with a combination of movements and sounds (Meggitt, 2012). Throughout this observation it is possible to identify any physical developmental difficulties in TC. Although each baby develops in his own individual way and at his own rate, failure to reach certain milestones may signal developmental problems requiring special attention. (Healthy Children.org, 2013)

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Methodology: CHECKLIST
Date:

28th October, 2013

Key:

References:

Meggitt , 2012
www.healthychildren.org, 2013
www.canadianfamily.ca, 2013
HSE – Developmental Assessment, 2005

TC – Target Child
M – Child´s mother
V – Visitor
 Then

Observed
Milestones

Y = Yes / N = No

Comments
TC wakes up with a smile, and staring
around

Gross Motor Skills...

References: Carolyn Meggitt, 2012. Child Development, an Illustrated Guide with DVD: Birth to 19
Years
Health Service Executive, HSE, 2005. Developmental Assessment. Training Programme
for Nurses and Doctors in Child Health Screening, Surveillance and Health Promotion,
Parenting and Child Health. (2013). Child development: 3-6 months. Available:
http://www.cyh.com/healthtopics/healthtopicdetails.aspx?p=114&np=122&id=1928.
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