This interview took place in Crossbill, Tennessee at the single family home of Kelly, an 18 month old female child and her mother, Samaritan. The home is located in a rural area within a community of less than 15, 000 people. It is approximately 20 miles from the down town area , and is therefore somewhat isolated. Kelley maternal grandmother and grandfather live across the road but there are no other neighbors. The environment is very clean with several toys catered around the living area but the environment appeared safe.
We met in the living room of the home. Samaritan is a 30 year old mother and Kelly is her first child. No one else was present during the observation/interview. Physical development: Kelly appears to be developing normally within the milestones for an 18 month old (Citation). She is walking with ease, and her mother states that she is in the 50th percentile for both weight and length. She can run without falling and has well developed fine motor skills.
This was evident when she was able to use a zipper exercise in a child’s book and also she was able to slide an on/off switch on her toy. I observed Kelly playing with a toy in which she was required to take it apart and snap it back together and she did this easily. She also played a toy piano and pushed buttons while identifying farm animals on an interactive toy. Kelly displayed a maternal instinct with her “babies” and calls them “Baby. ” Inpatient consists of approximately 2 hours daily in the afternoon after lunch.
Samaritan states that Kelly sleeps around 10 hours at night without waking. She goes down easily at inpatient and at bedtime and has a favorite blanket that she uses to soothe herself if she wakes in the night. She does not take a pacifier and does not take a bottle to bed as her mother does not feel these are necessary and wants Kelly to learn to “self-soothe. ” Kelly is drinking from a “Skippy cup”and is beginning to use a spoon to feed herself. (Cite internet article) Social development: Kelly is not in daycare with the exception of the church nursery on Sundays.
Her mother is a stay- at- home mom. Samaritan states that when she leaves Kelly, it is almost always with a family member and she is not left often. When she picks Kelly up from the church nursery, Kelly is happy to see her and engages immediately. This would support the positive attachment theory. (Citation) She states that caregivers in the nursery report that Kelly plays alongside the other children (check developmental stuff She seems to enjoy the other children and does not cry when Samaritan leaves her in the rusher.
Her social development appears to be normal for her age. Upon my arrival, Kelly was shy and apprehensive. She clung to her mother and seemed concerned that mother was going to leave and that she would be left with a caregiver. This behavior is exhibits normal separation anxiety for an 18 month old child (Citation). After approximately 1 5 minutes, she approached me and wanted to sit on my lap. She appeared very secure and trusting that I was a safe person. This would (tie in Witt reading on attachment)