This observation is of a 10 year old male child during his lunch recess
at an elementary school located in the South Bay area. The student participates
in a day treatment program for children with emotional/social difficulties. The
length of this observation was approximately forty five minutes. For the purpose
of confidentiality this student will be referred to as John. In the first
section of this observational analysis a brief description of the program which
John participates in will be given. This will be followed by an analysis of
John's activities during the observation.
The day treatment program John participates in is located on the campus
of a public elementary school, and is supported by a local private mental health
agency. In general, children referred to this program experience some form of
emotional and/or social deficit. In addition to John, there are nine other
students enrolled within the program at present. John currently attends a
mainstreaming class three times per week, where he has developed several
friendships with his peers.
This observation began as the students in the day treatment program were
let out for recess following lunch. After leaving the class John ran to the
designated play area with another student. The designated play area of the
playground where the students of this program are restricted to consists of a
"jungle bar" set ; This play structure consists of "monkey bars" with tall
vertical poles for sliding down attached at each end, three parallel bars of
varying height, and horizontal bars constructed in a ladder fashion for climbing
on. Additionally, the designated area includes a tether ball court, and a
balancing beam constructed in a "Z" shape. The staff has restricted the students
of the program to this area due to these childrens' limited abilities to
demonstrate social skills, and in order to better supervise the group... [continues]
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