Child Play Observation

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Play Observation

Play Observation
While observing Gabriel for a period of one week, there were many concerns in his interactions with others and the difficulty he seemed to have making new friends. Many of the other children in class did not seem to accept his high energy and would have rather not played with him. When Gabriel tried to join a group of children, some children would welcome him, but ignore him and other children would verbally let him know that they did not want to play with him. This caused Gabriel to feel rejected and he began to fight with the other children, using violent verbal and physical actions. He does not share very well, nor does he understand what turn taking means. Gabriel’s teachers shared the information that he has been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Though his teachers were aware of his diagnosis, one of them showed much patience with him and tried to help him find a friend to play with, while the other teacher did not understand his disorder and became rather irritated with Gabriel. Gabriel turned five years old in December 2011 and is currently getting ready for his transition to kindergarten while attending a half day program of preschool. Gabriel needs help with his interactions with others. The following questions need to be addressed: 1. What skills does Gabriel need to develop in order to improve his interactions with others? 2. What steps should be taken in order to teach Gabriel these skills? 3. Who can help teach Gabriel these skills and help him to keep them? A plan to help Gabriel improve his interactions with others should not only increase his social skills but also his self-confidence.

What skills does Gabriel need to develop in order to improve his interactions with others?
Gabriel’s interaction with others needs to be improved dramatically. Not only do other children not enjoy his company, but he is unable to handle the rejection and reacts negatively towards...
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