Throughout this interview you will have the chance to better understand child development, the parent’s role in his or her child’s development, as well as practice your evaluation skills as you gauge this child’s level of development against the developmental milestones you have learned about in the course. The child should be between the ages of 5 and 12.
Interview of the Primary Caretaker
Prepare a set of specific questions for the parent or guardian about how their child functions and where they are developmentally. You will also want to ask questions that will enable you to discuss the child’s level of development for at least four of the following areas of development: social, cognitive, emotional/psychological, sensory/perceptual, moral, physical, and motor functioning.
Tips for writing your questions:
- When writing your questions they should not be ones that can be answered with a “yes” or “no” as this will not provide you with usable insights.
- Also make sure that through your questions you collect information on at least four different areas of child development that you have learned about throughout this course.
- It is preferable that these interviews be conducted either in person or by phone so that you have the ability to ask follow-up questions when applicable.
Interview of the Child
With the information you have gathered from your reading, your own observations of children, and your interview with the parent or caretaker, compose a list of questions that you would like to ask the child to further determine his or her level of development in same four areas you focused on in the parental interview. You may also want to ask the child to carry out some simple tasks to help you further understand his or her level of development.
Try to identify this child’s functioning as it compares to normative information found in the course material as well as your own research (e.g., Piaget’s stages of cognitive development, standard physical characteristics such as height and weight categories, stages of language development, Kohlberg’s moral development stages).
Submit a 5- to 7-page paper that covers the following two parts:
Part 1: An analysis of this child’s functioning as it compares to at least four of the theories of child development presented in the course material over the areas of functioning mentioned above (social, cognitive, emotional/psychological, sensory/perceptual, moral, physical, and motor). In other words, you will use at least four different theories of development to explain the child’s level of development in the areas you focused on in the two interviews. Discuss any discrepancies you discover or other influences that may explain functioning unique to the child you observed.
Part 2: Discuss at least two recommendations for parents in general in each of the four areas of focus that they can apply to aid in their child’s development (i.e., there should be a minimum of 8 recommendations).
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