My Developmental Years

Topics: Theory of cognitive development, Jean Piaget / Pages: 10 (2318 words) / Published: Sep 30th, 2000
I was born on November 22, 1980 at approximately 2:18 a.m., in Richmond Hill Ontario. My birth weight was 8lbs. 7oz. and I was 14 in. long. My mother was thirteen days overdue with me. As I grew older I seemed to develop at a normal pace. Crawling at eight months, walking at thirteen months and talking fluently at 32 months "What's out of sight, is out of mind." (Myers, D.G. 2000). This one of Piaget's theories for the sensorimotor stage. It was definitely part of my development between the ages of birth and two years, but this was only for a very brief time when I was very young. I feel that objetc permanence, the awareness that things exist even when not visible, is part of a childs early years and that it's an important milestone with age development. It shows the beginning of a childs mind learning to problem solve and think. Objetc permanence, in my opinion, only applies to young children. I feel that after the age of 8 months it no longer affetc s them.
Another developmental phenomena as proposed by Piaget is stranger anxiety. When I was young I never suffered from stranger anxiety, according to my mother, I would walk right up to strangers like I new them my whole life. I see some similarities in my life now. I make friends fairly easy and not many people intimidate me, as far as being shy goes. Stranger anxiety seems to very common among children, I think that infants that are kept in the home around the same familiar faces suffer from it more than those who play with the neighbors kids and are always visiting different people.
Erickson had a whole different way of writing the developmental stages for infants. "If needs are dependably met, infants develop a sense of basic trust." (Myers, D.G. 2000). This to me is the same idea with Piaget's theory of stranger anxiety. By developing trust and mistrust comes to be why infants would be afraid of strangers. If a stranger does something different to a child that they don't recognize

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