Monitoring an infant development domains


The essence of observing infants is to gain understanding of what they think, want and how they feel since they cannot express themselves. One of the important aspects of inculcating this skill is being patient and being ready to learn from the infants by watching their behavior (Brandy et al., 2014). This paper focuses on the four primary developmental domains of the children of between ages, birth and two. The four stages are physical, cognitive, language and social-emotional, the evidence in this study is extracted from two media segments that entailed a comprehensive discussions on observation of children as they grow from one stage to another. The significant of being a keen observer is ability to build a relationship with the child since one understands what they want, how they feel and can interpret their reactions appropriately.

By observing the infants’ behaviors intensely, one can note the development of the social-emotional aspect which is evidenced by interactions with the people around as well as the environment. The children study the environment around them by watching for something that may impress them. The need to create a connection with that particular object or person is an indicator of the development of social attributes of a human being (Laureate Edu. Inc., 2015). When a toddler is endeared to another baby, they react by advancing towards them, stretching their hand or staring and then making an impression such as a smile.

The social-emotional aspect of development starts developing in children at very early age, through mere observation they can familiarize themselves with the people and surroundings (Adele Diamond, 2007). One of the notable things an observer can identify is when a door is opened, and the mother enters the child focuses on her to indicate familiarity. On the contrary, when a stranger emerges they react differently for example by staring at them. Notably, the toddlers study their environment by staring and later as they grow own initiat…


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