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Toddler Observation

Toddler Observation 

Student's Name Child's name Age/sex

 Date of the observation

Childcare or home setting

 The toddler for this assignments must be between the ages of 14 to 30 months. This toddler must be observed interacting among other children around the same age level. Please observe this child for at least one full hour. This period in a child's life is characterized by the quest for mastery of his or her body. This is manifested in their ability to use their gross motor skills such as walking, running, jumping, climbing. Other skills involve reaching, eating, manipulating objects, and using their hands. Take a good hour to observe the toddler in action using their interactive skills. Write down everything the child does. Pay attention to how the child uses his/her hands and body while interacting with other children and adults. What words does this child use to communicate its needs? How does he/she socialize with others? Be specific.

Make sure you turn in your hand written notes with the assignment. Type the bold headings, example: "Toddler Description". Make sure you double space your work. You will need two or three examples in each category. Refer back to the evaluation sheet.

1. Toddler Description:: Record physical characteristics such as skin color, hair, facial appearance, ethnic background etc.

2. Motor Development Description: (gross and fine)Describe the toddler's control of his/her coordination of its body, arms, legs, hands etc. How does s/he use her limbs to walk, jump, run? How does s/he use his arms, hands, fingers when picking up objects, drawing or working on a project? (Note use of ulnar and pincer grasp)

3. Cognitive Development: Describe the toddler's use of his five senses. This includes examples of taste, feel, vision, smell, and hearing. Can he distinguish such things as textures, temperature changes etc.? Give examples

4. Language development: Describe the toddler's ability to perceive sensory stimuli. What language skills does this toddler possess? What words does he use to communicate his needs? Give examples. How does he respond to commands and directions? What gestures does he use? Describe two of them. Is he using single holophrases or telegraphic speech? Give examples. Describe how he imitates sounds , movements, and words that he hears or sees. What about simple games like "peek a boo." Does he understand simple directions? Give 2 examples for each category. Make sure you describe the setting in which the toddler used his/her words to communicate to another person.

5. Social Development: Record how she responds to familiar voices and people vs. unfamiliar. Any indications of separation or stranger anxiety? How did this child react to you when you came to observe? Does the toddler cooperate with the caregiver? Record such things as how the child can do things for themselves.(eating, dressing, washing hands, playing, bathroom, in other words carrying out simple daily tasks.)

 6. Emotional Development: Record how they interact on an emotional level. What emotions did they show - happiness, sad, angry, frustrated , jealousy, disappoinment, etc. Describe in what context they showed these emotions, Be specific. Did they display their emotions with the other children?

7. What did you learn from this observation? This is your own personal experience.

 Updated Friday, October 31, 2008 at 3:24:59 PM by Juanita Cordero - corderojuanita@fhda.edu
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