Observation of 10 Month Baby

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Observation on a 10 month baby

Stephen Conlon
Child Psychology
Applied Psychology
Group D

Observation Number: 1

Observation Date: 15/9/2012

Method Used: Observing

Start time: 12:00pm

Finish Time: 12:30pm

Name of child: TC / initials

Number of children present: 1

Number of adults present: 0

Permission obtained from: Parents

Setting / Background:

TC lives in a 2 bedroom apartment in city centre, TC is an only child. TC’s father is an engineer and works 5 days a week. TC’s mother is a teacher and works 5 days a week. TC attends cresh on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. TC’s grandparents look after her Thursdays and Fridays.

Immediate context:

TC has just had lunch, and now playing in the living room.

Brief description of child observed:

TC is a 10 month baby girl

Aim and rationale for observation:

To observe physical development on a 10 month year old baby to see if she reaches milestone development.


|Item |Tick if Observed |Evidence |Date | |Reaching |[pic] |TC is reaching towards the bead maze. |15,9,2012 | | | | |12:03pm | |Holding her head upright|[pic] |TC is holding her head upright unaided. |15,9,2012 | | | | |12:04pm | |Palmer Grip |[pic] |TC is using the Palmer Grip to hold onto the |15,9,2012 | | | |bead maze. |12:05pm | |Sitting unaided |[pic] |TC is sitting unaided while playing. |15,9,2012 | | | | |12:05pm | |Usage of both hands |[pic] |TC uses left hand to hold the maze and right |15,9,2012 | | | |hand to play. |12:06pm | |4 finger and thumb |[pic] |TC is using the 4 finger and thumb pickup to |15,9,2012 | |pickup | |move the beads. |12:03pm | |Facial expressions |[pic] |TC’s facial expressions are blank, |15,9,2012 | | | |concentration. |12:03pm | |Pulls up to stand |[pic] |TC uses the bead maze to attempt to stand, TC |15,9,2012 | | | |falls down after. |12:03pm |


For my evaluation I’ll be breaking up what I had observed from TC into sections and discussing each individually.

• Reaching

o At 10 months a baby reaching for things is completely normal and does in fact start at the 6 month stage of development. Reaching can also be used as an indicator that the child is looking/wants something out of their reach. Also reaching is seen when she wants to be picked up as reaching out to their parents. From what I had observed TC in fact did show signs of reaching, she reaches out to play with the bead maze. This...
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