TravisMathenyUnit3ProjectSS350

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LDP Part 1 1 Running head: LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT Lifespan Development Project: Part 1 "Childhood Development" Travis H Matheny SS350-02 Developmental Psychology Kaplan University Professor Peter Lenz Ph.D. August 16, 2010
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LDP Part 1 2 Lifespan Development Project: Part 1 "Childhood Development" The lifespan development of a human being is a fascinating area of psychological study. The changes that take place from the prenatal phase to birth through childhood, adolescence onto early and late adulthood are truly spectacular. These changes consist of the physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development a person experiences throughout their lifetime. This is part 1 of the lifespan development project, which is going to cover the family history, infancy, and early childhood of Dianne Sowell, the 62 year old mother of four that has agreed to participate in this lifespan development project. Dianne was born February 27 th 1948 in Peoria Illinois; she was the third of five children which consisted of two older brothers one four years her senior and one eighteen months her senior a younger brother that is five years her junior and a younger sister that is two years her junior. Dianne was raised in a three bedroom two bathroom house located in a middle class suburban neighborhood. There wasn’t a lot of preparation necessary for the arrival of this new baby, being that her older brother had been born just eighteen months prior. Many of the things needed such as bottles, diapers, which were cloth in those days, high chair, crib, baby toys, baby books etc… were already in the home. There was no way to determine the sex of an infant until after the birth of the baby in 1948, however her mother had prayed for a baby girl and her prayers were answered. Dianne was born right on schedule; she was delivered at a local hospital and was 20 inches long and weighed in at eight pounds two ounces. She was a very healthy baby with absolutely no health problems and being that they did not throw you out of the hospital in those days her mother was discharged to go home with her new bundle of joy two days later.
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LDP Part 1 3 Infancy is one of the most important stages in the developmental process; this is the stage where cognitive development actually begins. And according to Piaget’s theory, there are four periods of cognitive development, the first period being sensorimotor which takes place from birth to two years of age (Kail and Cavanaugh, 2007). During this specific period cognitive thinking actually progresses through three stages, the first of which is when the infant begins adapting and exploring their new environment (Kail and Cavanaugh, 2007). During this stage infants stumble across and respond to a number of stimuli from their environment, such as accidently putting their fingers in their mouths and provoking their natural sucking reflex. Infants find suckling to be very comforting and gain pleasure from it, and during this stage they learn
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