June 16, 2014
Child Observation Narrative
I observed my two children; infant and toddler at the same time. The infant was 16 months, and the toddler was three. In my notes, child #1 is the infant and child #2 is the toddler. Both children are males. The setting for this observation is a scheduled playdate by the children’s parents. Both children’s mother and father are present.
Child one screamed “AAHHHRRRAAA” a lot and had a toy truck in front of him. Child didn’t immediately start to play with the truck; he slammed down on the toy with his hands open and pushed it around. Child one tried to get up and ramble without a definite purpose around the room which he had difficulty doing because his gross motor skills seem to not yet be fully developed. Child ones mother grabbed him and said to him “no baby I need to keep an eye on you’ and sat him back down where he began. The child began to scream inaudibly “AHH!” Child two came out of his room, not knowing that anyone was there and slowly came near or nearer to the small group in his house and immediately moved with haste to where the other child was. Child two said “Ty, play trucks with me! This is your truck. Okay? Now let’s race!” Child one continued to sit in front of the truck, non-responsive to child two. Instead of playing with child two, child one stared blankly into the next room, and had drool forming at his bottom lip. Child one placed both of his hands firmly on the ground beneath him and with all of his upper body strength, pushed himself up, his butt was sticking straight up in the air as he waited a minute to continue moving himself up off of the floor and used the couch to hold himself up while he tried to balance before he began to waddle towards the kitchen, seemingly unnoticed by his parents. The child found a shelf of condiments that he could reach and with what fine motor skills he has, he started pushing though the shelf. He found a mustard bottle and picked it up...