Child Psychology

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Roberts mum has been struggling to cope with his behaviour. Robert has faced many expulsions from schools and nurseries. Robert does not have a dad as he committed suicide when Robert was 18 months old; Social Work also confirmed there was significant domestic abuse in the house before the father’s death. A diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome was confirmed when he was 14 years old. Robert has started to become violent at home and has physically and emotionally attacked his mum and his sister. Robert will also smash things up in the house when he does not get what he wants. Mum contacted Social Work as she admitted that she has slapped him around the face a couple of times and she cannot cope with him anymore. This Led to Robert coming to The New School at the age of 15 as a Looked after Child under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 section 17 whom would stay during the week and return home on weekends. When Robert arrived at the school we had to assess what stage he is at within the life span development. Janet Millar (2009) writes about 5 developmental stages a person goes through, these are infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older adulthood. Within these stages there are six strands of development, these are social development which is about gaining the knowledge, skills and attitudes to have successful relationships and be able to live in a multicultural society. Physical development is about how our bodies grow and can deal with more complex tasks. These include vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Emotional development is about the development of feelings, how we regulating these feelings and helps build a sense of self identity. Cognitive development is about our thought process and how we make sense of things. It concerns the development of the mind in terms of reasoning, understanding and choice making. Cultural development like emotional development helps us build a sense of self. It is about understanding our own culture...
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