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Observations of Child Development
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Henchman.The skills of observation are heavy and the vastness of t one and only(a) of juncture and body language, particularly when the words spoken might be aspect something completely different. Some prison terms law-abiding teaches you things that you cant be t centenarian and sometimes we are tuned to perceive instead of look. A part of the process of becoming a social prole is observation. Observation is the power to see what isnt obvious. Observation is seeing and hearing, and to a fault seeing whats missing, picking up on what is omitted, analytically processing whilst doing the observation.Its important we understand observation is a powerful tool in our sound judgement and intervention. Observing is an essential skill for everyone operative with children. ( Carolyn Megabit and Gerald Cumberland) (2000). Observation helps social workers and students to reflect upon situations before intervening (Pat El Richer and Karee Tanner) Using observational methods are helpful in describing individu als behavior as they interact in real time and allow the reader to create a verbal look of the behaviors as they unfold.This is important when social workers are work with children and families in their home (Pipelining, 19961), and there is a growing recognition in social work literature some observation in practice (Richer & Tanner, 199817). On my counterbalance observation I was non nervous but did feel inquiring approximately entering the Morriss home, I had meet them a few old age before and they were very welcoming which eased some of the anxieties I had. I know that as a qualified social worker on some occasions (e. G. Hill protection) I will be concussion the family for the root time when conducting a home visit and they might not be welcoming.Taking the role of observer is what I was most apprehensive about, I was unsure of what to expect on cognitive and language development Cognitive or intellectual development is development of the mind- the part of the brain th at that is utilize for recognizing, reasoning, knowing and understanding. Language development is development of communication skills Receptive linguistic communication what a person understands Expressive speech- the words the persons produces Articulation- the persons actual pronunciations of wordsETC can wee towers, can copy a building pattern of three or oft cubes 3 years Remember and repeat songs and nursery rhymes practice ad hominem pronouns and plurals correctly and give their own name and sex and sometimes age Carry on simple conversations, often missing link words such as the and is Learn to speak more than one language if they hear more than one language spoken some them as they grow Enjoys listening to and making music Can see to it their attention, choosing to stop an activity and return to it without much difficulty Counts by rote up to ten or more Enjoys playing on the base of operations with bricks, boxes, toy trains and dolls Joins in active make-b elieve play y with other children A Child Observation Assignment By Marie steer find out Posted December 1 5th This article was written by Marie Tree in 2010 as a record of her child observation assignment for her post-qualifying Specialist Social Work Award course at Portsmouth University. When submitting it article Marie wrote remarked that when complete this assignment she was taken back to my early years in the sasss when I did have what now seems the luxury of reflecting on my practice. pick Marie Tree In childhood, everything was more vivid the sun brighter, the smell of fields sharper, the nose drops louder, the rain more abundant and the grass taller.Constantine Passports The context for my observation was a local authority Childrens Centre which provides Offset registered care for babies and children between O months and 5 years. The Childrens Centre has been classed as Outstanding by Offset since June 2006 and has been working with children with superfluous postu late since the sasss. The setting was a group of 12 children of mixed sexes, all of mixed abilities such as physical and learning difficulties. The group was wellspring laged (by women) with some children having one to one support. The setting is headed by a instructor and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum guides the work, and the children learn done play.The observations were based upon the Atavistic model (Pick 1964) and my remit was to observe a child for lax hours and record my observations after the sessions. I also included my reflections, dilemmas and prejudices with my seminar group. The staff at the Childrens Centre were certified of my role, and the purpose of my observations. A oh year old little girl was selected and I shall call her Anna (pseudonym). I had no butt on with Annas parents, although the Childrens Centre informed them of my remit and they gave their written consent. The eldest session took mark after lunch and I placed myself at the back of the room, discreetly tucked into a corner hoping that my presence would not be noticed. How wrong I wasThe room was filled with an array of spontaneous discoveries, books, toys, computers, sand, paint and training up clothes and the clutter of noise and emotions reminded me of my own home where I have three tender children, where exploring the orbit extends their nascent theories as to how the world works. Initially, I found it very difficult to sit and focus on Anna solely, as I was used to talking and making eye butt on with children, and not being able to engage or speak was difficult. For the first session, I watched Anna intently and I had to clear my head of any Judgments of her which were purely based on bits of information I had picked up from staff.I had based assumptions of Annas backcloth and life, which were purely speculative and ill informed. It was this reflection that helped me focus between accompaniment and feeling and challenging myself on how the informa tion I had been given about Anna had given considerable weight in owe I view she might play and socialize with other children. I needed to break by these two contradictory parts (Goldstein, 1990). I watched Anna carefully glide from one activity to the next, first playing with the sand allow it quickly go through her fingers and making shapes and marks with the palms of her hands. She slowly toddled off when a boyish boy, eager to play more adventurously nudged her out of the way.Watching Anna play, I did think of her goals and what she was severe to create through her thought and actions, and I did think of Piglets (1973) theory on childrens cognitive development. Again, I had to challenge my assumptions on stages of Piglets theory as they are not fixed and concrete in any child. On several occasions, children came up to me bringing toys, books and askings to go to the toilet, and at one point, a young child stood in front of me for what seemed like a very prospicient time. I replied only briefly to the children and avoided eye contact when possible. My desire to beat involved with the children was very strong, and it was difficult to refuse a simple request from a small child.However, quelling in a passive role allowed me to stand back and slow down and examine in detail the allegations with the child. (Bridge et al, 1996, p. 1 13). The method of sitting discover Anna was at times unknown quantity to me and having no prescriptive focus other than observe made me feel vulnerable. It felt like the anxieties that Seal (2003) identified in his work as professionals giving up control and being open to what is emerging. (Seal, 2003, p. 16). How I managed my feelings rough observing Anna also reminded me of the work by Isabel Minimizes Lath (1989) who wrote about anxiety and how its experience, mental synthesis and sublimations are a major factor in determining personal ND institutional behavior.I often refer to the work of Isabel Minimizes Lath when I am faced with uncertainties, and it is my acknowledgment and containment of these feelings that will impact on the overall work that I do with children and their families. In the room with Anna, I had to contain my feelings around the observation. Anna continued throughout my observation to drift from one activity to the next. At one point, I observed her clasp the hand of a worker and pull her gently towards the book corner. The worker gently tapped the hand of Anna, letting her know she was aware of the request. At that moment, I thought of how unique and heterogeneous children are as they do not have the language to explicate how they think and explore the world that surrounds them. By slowing down and observing them, we have the advantage and a willingness to speculate.Ending the hour observation was less rugged than I thought and I quietly put my coat on and said bye-bye with a few children holding gaze with me as I left the room. In the next session with Anna, I felt mor e relaxed and in tune with what I was trying to do. It was much more comfortable not having to put any kind of theory into practice. I had the added luxury of not having paper and pens or an assessment to complete. It was a time to observe Anna and explore my own feelings. Anna made eye contact with me on a few occasions and I would not be positive(p) that she knew that I was watching her however, that is purely my interpretation. In this session, Anna lay dozing on and off on a bean bag, and although she already had had a nap earlier, she seemed passably tired and lethargic that day.Beside Anna, on a separate beanbag, lay a child with cerebral palsy, and at that moment, I felt a rabbit on of emotion run through me, and I was minded of my own child with learning and mobility problems. Two children, side by side, one able corporeal and the other, confined to a soft cushion. Rusting (2004) identifies this problem well and suggests that recognizing feelings and working with this is very important in the work that we do. I am aware as a practitioner, that we risk professional dangerousness if our roles and boundaries are not all the way defined. Our relationships with clients need to be based on objectivity and self awareness. This allows us to step outside our emotional needs and to be sensitive to the needs of others. (HOMOS, 1988 Protecting Children).I believe for any effective intervention, the worker must remain quite distinct and separate, whole and intact. It was good to be able to discuss my feelings with my seminar group and it is Erikson (1950) who talks about basic trust as the first stage of the eight stages of man. I believe that talking about observations was now similar to that described by Wainscot (1965) as holding and boon (1962) as containing, and what emerged from the seminar group was a secure base where thoughts and feelings could be openly discussed amongst ourselves, and it was the first time that as a seminar group, that we spoke fre ely and openly about experiences during observations.The remaining sessions observing Anna became enjoyable and watching her play was enthralling as her tiny hands grasped and touched the toys and objects around her. By observing her, I was to enter her world of self wonderment and capture moments by focusing solely on her. I am aware of the importance of endings and although I had clearly given my remit to the staff, I said goodbye to the children and thanked them for allowing me to sit in their class. I think that they were more interested in circle time and the nursery rhymes to notice my quiet departure from the room. decision Observing Anna had brought back the sense of refocusing on the child and their world. beingness able to discuss feelings at bottom the seminar group helped to contain hidden ideologies and prejudices within myself.Humphreys (1988) puts this very well by describing perspective transformation in which we can reflect and challenge our belief system, and t hrough this, transformation occurs. Having no social work task to do was a luxury. To sit and observe was a vista to explore the childrens lack of power, vulnerability and dependence on adults. So much of social work time is spent n the speed of completing assessments, ticking boxes, and only the neediest of children receive a service. In my view, much is garbled to the benefits of observing children. Too often, only a snapshot of a child is all that a social worker can grasp when working with children and much is lost by not having a space for brooding and analytical practice which gives the worker a platform to critically guess and challenge their work.