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According to the child development psycology, the normal baby's sleep sample implies that they will wake up after every three to four hours full time and at the four-month mark, they begin adhering to day-night sleeping patterns. Ilya was a actual baby and did not have troubles with sleeping. Between birth and three months, Ilya slept virtually all the time, solely waking when hungry, wet or cold. He had a reputable drowsing cycle for a kid of his age. Ilya appeared to be once in a while fussy after meals and on rare activities have diarrhea. Concerning motor growth, Ilya was reported to be extra energetic compared to other kids at three months old and enjoyed moving around considerably. At nine months, he had developed psychomotor skills typical of a nine-month kid. He enjoyed crawling, manipulating objects, and pulling. At the age of 12 to 18 months, he develops a sense of recognition that makes him identify his toys by names and where they are kept. The growth and development continues uniformly until at the age of three where he had a fully developed gross motor, as he was able to run, kick, and throw. At his age, his lingual and information processing skills had improved drastically.
According to Thomas and Chess classic and temperamental categories, An easy child shows regular eating, elimination cycles, sleeping, accepts little frustration with little fuss and has a positive approach regarding response to any new situation (Albrecht, 2017). Such kids can adapt to change such as new people, food or even school. The behavior is always accompanied by good mood and smiling face all the time. However, the case of llya is different when he is exposed to situations that require responses that are inconsistent with what he is familiar with. Ilya frequently becomes quite upset and clings to someone when sobbing whenever he has been introduced to a new situation or meeting new people. He needs contact with the mother at this time, and the mother is forced to avoid taking him to the new situation. He is slowly allowed to warm up to the new situation and people without being forced. It therefore meant that Ilya was a difficult child who has intense and negative mood with slow adaptability. He was slow to warm up and could not adapt well to change. He was shy and could not withdraw to any new setting. However, this could change when given time.
According to Piaget’s steps in information processing, there are three steps involved. The first step is the perception and attention. It means that, even though every child may have the perception of objects in particular environment, the attention of the child may be concentrated on the different environmental aspects (Sheh, 2013). Perception and attention of child3erent are well interconnected. This is backed up with the Piaget's theory of enrichment that states that a child can add information about existing schemata over repeated contact. At the age of 8 to 12 months, Ilya ability to identify objects was developed by encouraging him to point at what he wanted so that it could be given to him. This was a development that came gradually. The second step is a memory. It is the measure of the amount of information one can measure within a short time, and it improves between childhoods to adult hood.
At the age of 8 to 12 months, Ilya could be tested on how good he was to mention the names of the toy and pronouncing them whenever he wanted them. At this age, he could also identify hidden object so long as he was not distracted during the search. However, there were some curious errors when the objects position was changed, and Ilya could not find them at the usual place making him stop looking for them. He was encouraged to pronounce a syllable or word of the toy he wants. The third step is the problem-solving. This involves the process of mobilizing perception, attention and the memory needed to reach a solution. Based on the analogy, at the age of 12 to 16 months, Ilya was involved in various activities in the normal interaction where various issues were bound to come frequently. This helped in shaping his memory and ability to solve any issues around him in terms object identification and memorizing. On the other hand, cognition has three basic concepts. They include the child's theory of mind, the knowledge about self and school performance. At the age of 15 months, Ilya ability to engage in mental activities was very high. According to Piaget in his work on the child’s theory of mind, he states that a child will start associating himself with very important things. At the age of 15 months, Ilya can be seen doing experiments with the toy by putting them deep in water and noticing how fast they can come up. On the theory of knowledge about self and preschool, performance, Ilya at the age of 15 to 18 months is seen enjoying every bit of his age. He learns his needs and starts to have limits and resistance. Such as bath time and food. At this age, he thinks that he knows what he wants and should not be forced to do things. Finally, on the meta-cognition and school performance, Ilya is introduced to some general skills around the house that can be helpful in problem-solving. At the age of 18 months, his communication skills are improved by continuous and persistent conversation. He is good in academic works and examiner comments that he could concentrate for 15 minutes which was appropriate to his age.
The most surprising part about Ilya at the age of 19 months was his outstanding communication skills, language production, and comprehension. It was a great improvement and expectation to a mother who watches her child grow that fast. However, the examiner differs with the perception about the kid development patterns as he gives a contrary opinion to the existing happening. It was recommended by the examiner that Ilya should be engaged in long term conversation that required extended answers as he was in his early language development age. For instance, the examiner suggested that Ilya was advanced in his gross motor skills, and it was requisite that he be exposed in indoors and outdoors activities to make it possible for his interest guide what he wanted to pursue. Also, at this age, his concentration was at 10 to 15 minutes, and Ilya was coming up along fine although the examiner still recommends that he be exposed to something interesting so as for how attention can achieve a long term balance to preschool activities.
Ilya has been greatly affected by enevironemntal factors from during her ealy stages in life. The fact that Ilya was cautious and shy since, in his early infantile created an environment that brought a certain influence on his behavior at the age of 2 to 3. In her early ages, he was not a fond of everybody who could come around him and he was little exposed to different people which made him to grow having less interaction with strange people from the neighborhood. For instance, he could hold tight to the mum whenever he saw a new face around him. Ilya then finds it difficult in associating with other kids in the toddler playgroup in his preschool. He was a little bit hesitant in joining a group of his fellow toddlers in playing in preschool and at the park. This may be because, at his small age, he was not forced to adapt to every new situation around him, he was allowed to make his own choices and slowly warms up with the various changes. It is right to believe that he might have ground with that independence of mind.
At the toddler development stage, Ilya starts to have an explorative mindset rather than being held. He wants to be put down and be independent. This makes him very insecure as he only likes to go to the store and the park. Forcefully holding him makes him feel depressed and unwanted. He becomes resistant to control and wants a free world around him. In lines with the response to house routines, he develops a resistant force and starts to have limits on everything happening around him. He knows what he wants and when he wants it. He then wants to be given independence of choice and let alone to pick from what he wants. Like for instance, he start to refuse food and bath at times, and only accepts it when he feels it is the right time to have it. At this age, taking care of him has now started to become more demanding. However, his response to certain issues and instruction is quite good as he knows when to use potty and how to request for whatever he wants. He can name the toy he wants to play with and look for it where it was kept. He starts to response to certain directions and places such as where his toys are kept. In addition, at the age of 2 to 3 years, Ilya starts to get used to other kids and people around him. According to Thomas and Classic temperamental category, it is evident that difficult kids, when given time can slowly adapt to the external environment around them. Ilya could join his fellow kids at the playing ground and relate to them in a better and exposed manner.
From my parenting philosophy of the virtual child, it is evident that the child growth and development has significantly utilized the Piaget's theory of information processing and cognitive theory of behavior. The Piaget’s theories includes the “theory of the child’s mind” which is developed in the virtual child to illustrate how Ilya brains has develops from age to age based on the level of exposure that he undergoes through. Second is the “theory of knowledge” which is used in the Virtual child to illustrate how Ilya develops on the surrounding environment. Howe he starts to identify his toys and starts to recognize them by names and specific places where they are kept. Third is the Piaget’s theory of “cognition of performance” that clearly illustrates the child behavior in preschool activities. Ilya respond to preschool activities properly and his performance is of constant improvement according to the attention and commitments given to him. The principle of “social learning theory” was also used to bring out the concept of parenting outcome. The relationship between the mother and the child is very strong at the earlier stage that he doesn’t want any social interaction by new people. Finally, Vygotsky's developmental theory is used in the virtual child development in bringing up the lingual and development of the virtual kid. The virtual child Ilya undergoes all through the steps of information processing and cognitive development that makes him pass through all the life development experiences of human beings from child to adult hood. The mindset created in the child from his 0 age to 3 years of age mentors him to have a more responsible behavior and cognitive development both in preschool activities and school activities. The upbringing also sharpens his mind and memory making him good at his normal day to day activities.
Sheh, N. O. M. (2013). Parenting styles and early childhood behavioural functioning: A comparison between self-reported and observed parenting styles. University of Alberta (Canada).
Albrecht, R. (2017). Exploring Alternative Pathways: Children, Pedagogy and Play in the Age of Digital Technology. Ricerche di Pedagogia e Didattica. Journal of Theories and Research in Education, 12(2), 89-111.
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