PSY-FP7220_KhatibSummer_Assessment3-1.docx - Running head EXAMINING EARLY 1 Examining Early and Middle Childhood Development Emma Summer Khatib Capella

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Running head: EXAMINING EARLY 1 Examining Early and Middle Childhood Development: Emma Summer Khatib Capella University
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EXAMINING EARLY 2 Examining Early and Middle Childhood Development: Emma Development across family contexts: Emma in foster care is the case study that is being presented for analysis. Emma has suffered a great trauma that has negatively impacted her social- emotional skills, cognitive development, and physical development. Her mother was neglecting her and emotionally abusing her. Emma’s suffering is not over; she is still receiving infrequent and sporadic visitations with her mother. Stress from trauma can cause the brain to change and can have negative outcomes that will affect the child well into adulthood (Fine & Sung, 2014). Culture, Family, and Society Emma is half Caucasian and half Filipino and was raised by her single mother and then put in the care of her grandparents. As a minority, Emma will statistically receive subpar mental health care for her experienced trauma (American Psychological Association, 2018). Emma’s mother often left her sitting in a highchair for extended periods of time unsupervised. This is considered neglect and abuse; this traumatic experience may be affecting Emma’s mental health. Emma has poor coping skills with situations that she perceives as difficult. When Emma does not understand instructions from her teachers or how to play a game at gym time, she becomes angry, frustrated, and just walks away from the situation. It is difficult for Emma to make sense of her family environment because it is ever- changing. Emma’s mother visits her sporadically and this leaves Emma upset and uncomfortable when in her mother’s presence. Also, Emma has suffered neglect from her mother so it might be confusing when she occasionally has to spend time with her. However, Emma’s foster care situation could be negatively impacting her development (cognitive, physical, and social/emotional). Emma is withdrawn from her peers at school and this is affecting her cognitive development as well as her social/emotional development (Berk & Meyer, 2016). Emma plays
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EXAMINING EARLY 3 by herself and does not reach out to other children to play with her; play is how children learn and produce critical thinking skills and connections to their peers (Berk & Meyer, 2016).
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