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Infant Observation

Student's name:
Infant's name:
Childcare Center or home:
Address of Center or city of home:
Date of observation:

Complete the following observation form:
Be specific about what you observe. Describe examples of behaviors that illustrate what you have observed. The infant should be between the ages of 3 to 12 months of age.  See the general requirements for assignments on your green sheet. Staple your Infant evaluation sheet on top of your typed observation, followed by your hand written notes.

Obtain permission from the director of the center or the parents of the infant in order to complete your observation. Maintain confidentiality by not using the infant's family name.

During the observation be as unobtrusive as possible. You are the "fly on the wall: sitting off to the side. Do not interact with the infant. You are there to observe only. Try to be as objective as possible. Avoid words like " helplessly", "angrily", "whined", and "pleaded". Describe the behaviors rather than guessing what the child is thinking or feeling. Be as descriptive as possible.

You must be free to observe during this assignment. It cannot be done if you have primary responsibility for the infant you are observing. This may not be your own child.

Description of the environment: Please describe in detail where you observed the infant.  What was surrounding him/her?  You may draw a picture in place of your written description.

General characteristics: Describe the infant's appearance. Note such characterisitics as to the infant's skin color, hair, nails and teeth. Include the infants height and appoximate weight. What ethnic background is s/he? Describe facial features and any unique characteristics about this child.

Motor Development:
A. Describe not just list, the infant's ability to control his/her body: Note the ability to lift the chest while lying on his/her stomach, rolling over, sitting, moving into or out of a sitting position with or without help.
Make sure you use descriptive words. How does this infant use his body to lift himself?
B. Describe the infant's control of his/her arms, hands, fingers: This means note the infant's random waving, reaching out for objects, grasping with one or both hands, with or without the use of their thumb. Do they use the ulnar grasp or pincer grasp for picking up objects?  What is the object ?  Describe their hand to mouth coordination and hand preference.  Give two examples in each section.

C. Describe control of legs and feet movements: Comment on such actions as pushing with the feet when lying down, making stepping movements when held in a standing position, and supporting his/her weight partially or wholly when held erect.  Can they crawl, if so how do they use their feet and arms to do so?  If they are walking how do they walk?  Give two examples.

D. Describe the infant's combination of bodily controls: Note such items as how the infant pulls himself up to a standing position, standing with or without support, getting down from a standing position, wriggling and squirming when lying down, scooting along in a sitting position, crawling with his abdomen on the floor, and creeping onto furniture. Give  two examples.

3. A. Describe the environment in which you made the observation. You may draw a picture instead of writing about it it.

B. What did you learn from this observation?

When you are ready to turn in your observation to your folder, staple the infant evaluation form to the front of your paper. Remember to put your name on the form. You are required to observe the infant for at least an hour. Make sure you include your hand written notes.

1 to 5 points will be deducted for incorrect spelling, grammar, and lack of complete sentences.  Please see your green sheet.  The Reading  and writing  center is open to help you with your paper.  Go to roomATC 309. For more information click on

 Updated Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at 11:02:37 AM by Juanita Cordero -
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