Child Case Study|
Developmental Psychology/Life SpanOctober 24th, 2012|
“Baby J” is a 4 year old African American female. Born to a single mother, she is the 6th child in a family of 7: 5 sisters ages 20, 19, 16, 11, 3, and one brother age 18. She comes from a low class family, where the mother is currently unemployed. Her father is very active in her life; according to her mom, he has an active hands on role with “Baby J.”“Baby J” has repeated the Headstart program at her school because of a learning disability and possible ADHD. She had had some speech and language therapy since age 2, but the stammering was still a big problem and the mother was becoming very concerned about how she would cope if she moved to first grade. However, her mother stated that she was not on the level as the other children in her Headstart class, so the program felt best to retain her for another year with continued speech therapy.
“Baby J” is a fun-loving, well adjusted child. She smiled a lot and continued to wave at me whenever she looked over at me. When her sister woke up from her nap, she slowly forgot about me. She interacted as normal as any sibling would with her little sister. There was a moment when the mother had to intervene because of the fighting children. It’s absolutely normal. I had minimal interaction with her, but she didn’t mind answering my questions. I asked her name, age and the name of her school; she answered everyone, but it did take her a little while to think of the words. Physically “Baby J” is good. She is of average height and weight for a 4 year old. I observed her, her little sister and a few other children play outside in the back yard. She could run, jump, throw and kick balls, with great power and strength. So physically she actually excelled. The next day I observed her some more this time in the home. She was coloring when I came in, with the T.V. on, but she continuously...