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VirtualChildProjectHN377: Studies in Child and Adolescent DevelopmentPurdue University GlobalShayne M LeavittFebruary 25, 2019
IntroductionMy virtual child is named Michael. He was born 3 weekearly. Michael had an apgar score of 6.After 1 week in the hospital, he was pronounced healthyand allowed to finally go home.Michael seems restless and uncomfortable, and criesmore than most newborns.Michael Is slow to learn how to feed,. He lost a littleweight. He finally started gaining weight after 3 weeks.The doctors have decided to keep an eye on hisdevelopment over the next few months.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT BIRTH TOADULTHOODThe physical development of a child is referred to the examining of a body’s makeup which includes the brain,senses, muscles, nervous system, the need for sleep, food or drink. This plays a role in determining behavior.(Feldman,2014).
Michael’sphysicaldevelopment andmilestonesreached0-4 Months:Michael issmiling and laughing atfunny things.4-8 Months:Michael isplaying a lot and isbeginning to sit on hisown. Michael really likesplaying the hidden objectgame.8-12 Months:Michaelreally enjoys his toys. Hisis building his strengthand beginning to sitwithout assistance. He isbonding well with meand my partner.1-3 Years: Michael isalways trying to expandhis motor skills. I takethetime to create scenariosfor him like boxes tocrawl through and rampstocrawl and walk on.
CognitiveDevelopmentAccording to Feldman, cognitive development refers to theways in which growth and change in intellect influences anindividuals behavior. (Feldman, 2014).There are four stages of Piaget’s Cognitive DevelopmentTheory:Sensorimotor (Infancy) Stage:Extensive Knowledge islimited. Intelligence is established through the use ofphysical interaction. A child will develop new intellectualabilities with the increase of mobility. Symbolic languagewill begin to develop. ( Huitt & Hummell, 2003).Preoperational ( Toddler and early childhood) Stage:Through the use of symbols, children will demonstrate theirintelligence.Their language will mature, and imaginationand memory will develop. Their thinking is illogic.Concrete Operational Stage (Elementary and earlyadolescence:Children will begin to exhibit intelligencethrough reasoning and logical thought throughmanipulation of symbols related to concrete objects. Duringthis stage operational thinking overrides egocentricthinking.Formal (adolescent and adulthood) operational stage:Children will begin to relate abstract concepts using logicalthinking. There is a slight return to egocentric thinking.
Cognitive development: HowMichael’smilestones were met:The milestones that were met in the Sensorimotor stage were met by:Engaging Michael in a variety of physical activities to build and strengthen his muscles.