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LIFESPAN HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT 1 Observation Report EDPS 325 Eastern Michigan University 2
Object permanence is expressed as a child’s ability to understand the continual existence of an object, even when it can no longer be seen, felt, or heard. This plays an important role in Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. Piaget suggested that children understand the world around them by means of their motor skills- touch, vision, taste, and movement (Cherry, 2016). Piaget examined object permanence in infants through his ‘A-not-B experiment.” In 1963, Piaget investigated when children acquire object permanence. In his experiment, a ball was hidden underneath a blanket while the subject (the child) was watching. If the child searched for the hidden toy then there was evidence of object permanence in the child. If the child appeared confused or became upset by the removal of the toy, then the child lacked object permanence. It was concluded that children have object permanence around the age of 8 months due to their ability to form a mental representation in their minds of the object being hidden (McLeod, 2010). The sensorimotor stage of cognitive development is when the child experiences an exponential amount of growth and change. This stage of development lasts from birth to age two and the development of object permanence during this time is one of the most important developments the child will make. The understanding of objects and their presence continues to be build upon as the child ages and progress their cognitive development levels. I examined two infants and repeated Piaget’s A-or-B test to determine if these children had developed object permanence or not. The first child was a 9-month-old female named Myla. Myla is a very fun, lively, and interactive child. She does not speak words yet, nor does she crawl or walk, but she is 3
very talkative in the form of babbling and she moves a lot by scooting and pulling herself. Myla’s mother is a 25-year-old single parent, whom works full-time Monday through Friday and takes nigh classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. When Myla’s mother is away, the child stays with her aunt. Myla is in the process of teething, so her favorite toy at the moment is a red teething ring. I began the test by taking the ring while Myla was in front of me, and watching, and I partially covered it with a towel. She saw her toy under the towel and grabbed for her toy. Next, I placed the ring completely under the towel and gave her the instructions “find the ring.” Myla had a confused expression upon

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