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College of southern nevada edu220

March 6, 2016

Ricks PEPSI Screening

Rick Lopez is a sixteen year old Caucasian male. His parents married in their mid-thirties
and had him in their early forties. He was a planned child, his mother was really healthy and it
was not an at-risk pregnancy. Ricks child birth was full term but was born through an emergency
cesarean section. Doctors did not notice anything abnormal with the child. He was loved and
raised in a really positive environment where he is the world to his parents. When he was two
and a half years old, his parents noticed his speech was not getting better and he had trouble
interacting with other peers, he was not making eye contact while trying to communicate his
needs. Ricks parents decided to take him to a specialist where he was tested and this is where he
was diagnosed with Autism. His parents immediately got him a private speech therapist and
worked more on his social skills. When he turned five he was placed into a public school with
special education, and received co-taught services with pull-out for speech services and
reading/writing skills. His parents are very involved, which they are constantly signing him up
for extracurricular activities after school. However, in junior high he had outbursts where he will
scream and yell in the school hall. He was described to also fall on the ground, and scream/cry if
he couldnt get what he wanted. He was also very sensitive to noises such as whistles, loud
alarms (fire alarm), and hated the sounds of eggs cracking. He also developed bug phobia, in
which if he will see any bug he will scream, swing his hands and cover his ears. In 8th grade,
Rick had major melt-down in which he kept yelling and screaming to the point where the Vice
Principal, Principal, and all other on-site staff members couldnt calm him down. It wasnt until
his parents came to school and picked him up when he finally calmed down. This is when his
parents could not control the situation and decided to pull him out of public school and put him
in New Horizons, which is a school that specializes in special needs kids such as Autism,
Aspergers Syndrome, and Down syndrome. The school basically focus on the kids disability

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rather than the academics. New Horizon school focused on occupational therapy, speech and
social skills. After Rick was in New Horizon for the year the parents noticed a big improvement
in their child. Rick was more aware of his disability, and he was different than others and could
cope with it very well. He now fully acknowledged that he has Autism and deals better with his
outbursts. Now his parents wanted Rick to focus more in the academics part and decided to apply
for Advanced Technology Academy. He was accepted into the school and this is where he is
currently attending. His mentor/ special education teacher says he is doing well in Math, English,
History, and other core classes. Even though his penmanship is that of an elementary school
child, the context of his writings are at college level. His parents noticed that Rick is
demonstrating more interest in his female students, like most high school male students, and
Rick has mentioned to his parents that he wants to have a girlfriend. His parents in order to help
his child to be able to have more peer friends that are nondisabled come up with the idea to have
a pizza Friday for the classmates rick wants to invite, this has not worked well because Rick
invites female classmates which will only assist to the get together, eat the pizza and leave which
makes Rick sad and upset, which then makes him depressed. His parents have stated that Rick
has tried to commit suicide because he feels so lonely and not accepted. Due to this he is
currently taking antidepressants. Ricks mom is currently upset at ATech because she doesnt
want him to attempt classes in which she feels is too difficult for him. The school wont back
down and requires all students the same difficulty level, no matter what their background is.
Ricks mom signed the acceptance letter in which she agreed to all rules/regulations in which
Rick must attempt to graduate from ATech. Ricks mom has threatened a lawsuit against ATech
to assure that Rick only takes classes based upon his difficulty level, not the school. The school
still wont back down and has advised Ricks mom that maybe ATech is not the best school for

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him because ATech is not a comprehensive school, and Rick always has that opportunity to
attend his zoned school where he would be more specialized attention. Ricks mom disagrees
with the current decision, but for right now is keeping his enrolled at ATech with intention that he
graduates with an Option I diploma.

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Physiological development
Physiological development is generally complete at 16 years old. Nearly all students have
acquired secondly sexual characteristics. Male height may continue to develop, but body
definition is generally set. Acceptance of the body and physiognomy is occurring, and new
emphasis on dress and appearance are typical. Emphasis on sexuality and appreciation by the
opposite sex are common and signal an acceptance of recent growth and change.
Ricks physiological development seems to be within the normal range. He is about 59
and around 180 lbs. He is well groomed, but is showing signs of early balding. He dresses like
and acts like regular kids of his age.

Emotional development.
Identity vs. Role Confusion This age marks a new tension in harmonizing the past with
hope for the future. The question Who I am? Becomes important during adolescence. To
answer it, adolescence increasingly turn away from parents and toward peer group. Erikson
believed that during adolescence the individuals rapidly changing physiology, coupled with
pressures to make decision about future education and career, creates the need to question and
redefine the psychosocial identity establish during the earlier stages. Adolescence is a time of
change teenagers experiment with various sexual, occupational, and educational roles as they try
to find out who they are and whom they can be. This new sense of self, or ego identity, is not
simply the sum of the prior identifications. (Slavin 2015)
Ricks Emotional development seems to be within the normal range, he does act like a
normal teenager even though he is autistic. He does shows interest in his female peers. He is a
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current student at Advanced Technological Academy High School. He is getting his high school
diploma and plans to get his bachelors in Web designing.
Philosophical Development.
In Philosophical development, the student may begin to identify beyond adolescence and
peerage to member of community. If so, then moral reasoning will focus on protecting the
society and following community guidelines. The dichotomy can most easily be seen as two
paths: "I've got to be me" is more immature - stage three "For the good of all" is a movement
toward recognition of stage four membership in the community. Classical literature may help
with consolidation of personal growth and curtail a sense of isolation. Laws may take on a new
meaning as a source of security and honor. There may be recognition of the need to establish a
belief system for self - not a reflection of childhood or peers and a sense of the importance of
meeting the best good society.
Ricks Development seems to be a little behind the normal range of a kid his age. Rick
seems to be very overwhelmed from the rejection he gets from his non-disable peers. A trend of
an autistic child, he is good at following rules and staying in a routine.

Social development.
Social development is the need for peer approval uses much of the student's energy.
Students who are holding to group membership as personal identification may be less dependent
or take leadership roles in the group or "gang". The self is more defined as a self and less
dependent on external acceptance. Family conflict may lessen due to student equilibrium, but it
will resume if a basic appreciation for each member as a person in not achieved or practiced.

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Some youngsters are now looking to intimacy for definition and gratification of sexual drives.
World of work becomes very real for those who do not plan for college. Social integration of self
as more than self may lead to "citizen of the world" perception for some.
Ricks he is behind on his social development, in comparison with his normal peers. He
does not understand that some social groups dont accept him. He thinks he is not accepted
because he is autistic. For example, he will try hard to be accepted in a group of teens that like
skate boarding but he does not own a skate board neither he knows how to use one. He tries too
hard to pretend to be someone he is not and with this behavior he pushes away his peers.
Intellectual development.
Intellectual development is the formal Operations are in effect in both mathematical and
verbal domains. Reasoning ability and logic give a sense of pleasure. Thoughts and ideas appear
to be ways to solve problems and facilitate change. A feeling of idealism and consolidation often
blooms. The student often wishes to "change the world" based on ideas and the shear will to
make a difference, solve problems. Systematic and sequential reasoning become easy and
fulfilling. Synthesis becomes easier and rewarding
Ricks intellectual is on the normal range even though he is autistic. He is really smart
and because of his parents involvement and taking early intervention in his academics, he has
actually excelled in academics where most autistic students have fallen behind Rick does not
have Aspergers Syndrome. Rick also has seen private tutors his whole life, and his mom was a
teacher before Rick was born.

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Normal age

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References

Slavin, R. (2015). Educational Psychology (11th ed.). Person.


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