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Running Head: ATHAN'S FIRST DEVELOPMENT REPORT

"Athan's First Development Report"


Andrea G Haines
Ivy Tech Community College

ATHAN'S FIRST DEVELOPMENT REPORT

At age 0 to 9 months-old Athan's eating, sleeping and motor development seem average.
Our book mentions how during the first months "sleep is what newborns do more than anything
else. They sleep 16 to 18 hours daily... Newborns typically go through a cycle of wakefulness and
sleep about every 4 hours. That is they will be awake for about an hour, sleep for 3 hours, then
start the cycle anew." (Kail, 2012, p.99). Athan's sleeps most of the time during the first 3
months. He would only wake up when hungry, cold, or wet. He would go back to sleep towards
the end of his feedings. He seems to be pretty bothered about loud noises and would wake up
often at night randomly. At about eight months old, I begin to work on getting Athan on a regular
bed-time and sleeping schedule, so he can sleep through the night. In order to get Athan used to
this routine, we put Athan down in his crib well-fed and with clean diapers at the same time
every night, and try to ignore his crying unless it goes on for longer than ten minutes.
Nutrition is another important aspect of a newborn's development mainly because "The
fuel from growth comes from the foods children eat and the liquids they drink." (Kail, 2012,
p.111). Athan was mostly breast fed during the first 0 to 3 months. "Breast-feeding is the best
way to ensure that babies get the nourishment they need... they are ill less often because a
mother's breast milk contains antibodies that kill bacteria and viruses."(Kail, 2012, p.111-112)
After returning to work however, I supplemented his feedings with formula more often. After
doing so, I noticed Athan would occasionally get fussy after meals, and on rare occasions had
diarrhea. Fussiness might have been caused by gas, so I opted for burping Athan more often.
Diarrhea could have been caused by introducing formula to his regular feeding habits because its
sometimes harder for the baby's system to break down the components formula has compared to
breast milk. As Athan gets older, closer to 9 months, the pediatrician recommends a variety of
baby food and ground up fruits and vegetables.

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During the period of 0-9 months, the typical motor skills that an infant's must learn are
"locomotion, that is, to move about in the world. Newborns are relatively immobile, but infants
soon learn how to crawl, stand, and walk... Infants must learn the fine-motor skills associated
with grasping, holding, and manipulating objects... Being able to locomote and to grasp gives
children access to an enormous amount of information about their environment. They can
explore objects that look interesting and they can keep themselves close to parents." (Kail, 2012,
p.158-159). Athan is showing most of this skills during the first months. I focus on providing
him with stimulating toys and activities when he is awake. As Athan gets closer to 9 months, a
doctor report shows that he is not as active as he should be. His gross and fine-motor skills are a
little behind for his age and he doesn't do much exploring of the playroom. Since Athan is less
physically active than other babies, the doctor recommends to engage Athan in more one-on-one
gross and fine motor play, so I start playing with him with little puzzles, stacking cups, and
playing with busy boards to keep him interested.
During the first months, from 0-3 Athan feels a little more attached to me as I am the one
breast-feeding him. We have that hormonal connection that comes along with breast-feeding.
During these months... "soon after birth, infants rapidly learn to recognize their mothers by
smell and sound... as they grow older babies are gradually identifying the primary caregiver as
the person they can depend on when they're anxious or distressed." (Kail, 2012, p.332). At the
age of 8-months old, he begins to show preference for me over my husband, so in order for
Athan to strengthen the bond with his father, we make arrangements so his father spends extra
time playing, feeding, and changing his diapers. That way, Athan will relate "good feelings" to
his father's presence. According to our text book, "attachment typically first develops between
infants and their mothers because mother's are usually the primary caregivers of American

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infants. Babies soon become attached to fathers, too, even though fathers spend less time in
caregiving tasks than mothers do. Instead, fathers spend more time playing with their babies
than taking care of them...Given the opportunity to play with mothers or fathers, infants more
often chose their fathers. However, when infants are distressed, mother are preferred."(Kail,
2012, p.332).
According to Piaget, curiosity comes naturally to children "They always want to make
sense out of their experience and, in the process, construct their understanding of the world."
(Kail, 2012, p.172). Piaget came up with a set of four theories to explain how a child develops
their cognitive stages. Athan is currently going through what Piaget calls the sensorimotor stage,
which is a period that transits from reflexes to symbolic processing. At age of 8 months, I tried
the object performance test with Athan. He is able to find a hidden object, as long as I don't wait
too long or distract him in the middle of the search. At this age, "Piaget believed that their
understanding of object performance is incomplete". (Kail, 2012, p.175). As Athan got older I
tried the same test at age of 12 months, and this time Athan is able to find the object even after
long delays. This game seems to interest him very much.
During the first 18 months, Athan's temper has been pretty stable. By that I don't mean he
has been an easy child, but it has remained the same during the whole period. According to the
five dimensions of temperament from My Virtual Child, Athan is a "less active" child because he
prefers to enjoy quiet pastimes, and is still not showing much interest in being more physically
active. Sociably, Athan is highly sociable because he can get along very well with the other kids.
When it comes to Emotions, Athan is highly emotional because he can get very moody and
irritable during a play session, but this would not be something new, since he has been doing this
starting at an early age. Athan doesn't show any signs of Aggressiveness, on the contrary he was

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usually cooperative for a child of his age. He seems to have much Self Control. He is able con
concentrate well during informal testing and he seems to be able to stay in task. Athan's
Goodness of Fit behavior seems normal. He makes good eye contact with people and gets along
well with others. He is not a hyper active child.
According to the examiner's report Athan scored above average in all aspects of language
development, spatial skills, concentration, and social skills. However, he is delayed on his gross
motor skills because he did not appear as skilled during play as some other children, and he
needs to improve them. Perhaps this has a lot to do with the fact that we focused more on
reinforcing Athan's social and cognitive development more than we did on his physical
development. Nature and nurture would have a lot to do with this. Maybe is not in Athan's genes
to be active but we could have changed his environment to reinforce his physical skills.
It is believed that "children actively influence their own development through their own
unique characteristics...this may cause him or her to have some experiences but not others."
(Kail, 2012, p.17-18). Athan show signs of being an active child by showing interest in certain
areas of development. For instances, his communication and language skills have developed at a
typical rate. He is speaking mostly in three to four word sentences and his vocabulary is
expanding fast, mainly because he shows interest in learning new words and how things work.
As he turns 2 years old, Athan becomes more self-aware. He is acting shy when asked to
pose for a picture, looks guilty when he breaks something, or embarrassed if he has a potty
accident. He continues to get along well with other children during play time. His self-control is
not very good at times, especially when he is being dropped off at a daycare. "Self control is one
of the first steps towards moral behavior, because children must learn that they cannot
constantly do whatever tempts them at the moment. Instead, society has rules for behavior in

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certain situations, and children must learn to restrain themselves."(Kail, 2012, p373). Therefore,
in order to help Athan improve his self-control, and his fear of transitioning to a different
classroom, we try to stress all of the positive aspects about the new place, and we make no
changes to spend extra time dropping him off at the daycare.
By doing this report I have had the chance to analyze my own parenting practices and
philosophy. I noticed I have relied more on Piaget's theories to raise Athan. All of his studies and
terms make most sense to me and I find it quite easy to put them to the test. For instances, when
using his idea of the object permanence test to get a response and see if Athan was on the right
stage of development or not. Also, by comparing the age level to the motor skills a child his age
should have, I was able to determine he is not at his full potential. Piaget's findings on the study
of child development are extremely interesting to me, and I am definitely looking forward in
learning more about it.
In conclusion, Athan's development is pretty normal. He doesn't have any extreme issues,
and so far what I am currently experiencing with him seems typical of a child his age.

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References
Hallahan, D. P., Kauffman, J. M., & Pullen, P. C. (2012). Current Practices for Meeting the
Needs of Exceptional Learners. Exceptional Learners: An Introduction to Special
Education (12th Edition). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: PEARSON Education, Inc.