Create and analyze a 1–2-page simulated case study of a child with developmental challenges, aged 2–5 years old. Then, create a 5–7-page intervention plan based on evidence-based strategies that have proven effective in similar cases and make projections of possible long-term impacts that current challenges may produce across the individual’s lifespan.
Note: The assessments in this course follow the successive stages of lifespan development, so you are strongly encouraged to complete them in sequence.
Show More Early childhood begins at the end of toddlerhood, at approximately age 2, and continues until middle childhood begins with formal school entry at age 5 or 6. During this period, there are greater changes in cognitive development than any other period of life. At the same time, family relationships provide individuals with their earliest social experiences. Attachment patterns developed during early childhood influence an individual’s ability to successfully develop and maintain peer and adult relationships throughout the lifespan.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:Competency 1: Analyze how lifespan development theories and related research explain aspects of human growth and behavior at different ages.Analyze evidence related to Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory.Analyze evidence related to cognitive theory.Competency 2: Assess the potential impact of individual and cultural differences on development across the lifespan.Assess the potential impact of individual and cultural differences on early childhood development.Competency 3: Identify evidence-based interventions to address specific developmental issues.Suggest appropriate intervention processes based on lifespan development theory and evidence from the literature.Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.Write clearly, with correct spelling, grammar, syntax, and good organization, following APA guidelines.Competency MapCheck Your Progress Use this online tool to track your performance and progress through your course. Toggle Drawer Context
Read the Assessment 2 Context document, which contains important information related to the theories related to cognitive development in early childhood. Toggle Drawer Questions to Consider
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.Show More Social Behavior
Consider the following questions:What is the relationship between parenting practices and the socialization of a child in his or her early years?How does a child’s temperament influence parent effectiveness?What are some ways of using discipline to support a child’s development?What are some differences in discipline among cultural groups? What questions remain to be answered about the relationship between culture and disciplinary style?What advice would you give to parents who want to develop pro-social behavior in their children?What advice would you give to parents and educators to prevent or address children’s antisocial behavior?How do language and reading development correlate with socioeconomic status?Cognitive Development
Consider the following questions:How does the cognitive development of an 8-year-old compares and contrasts to that of a person about to graduate from college, considering the relationship of scaffolding to cognitive development?How has technology impacted cognitive development in middle childhood? What practical advice should helping professionals give to parents who want to protect their children from harm, but also provide them with the advantages of technology?What is the role of egocentrism in cognitive functioning and in social interactive functioning for elementary school-aged children?What are some of the factors influencing social-emotional development of elementary school-aged children?What are some best practices which support a child’s learning? Toggle Drawer Resources Suggested Resources
The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.Capella Multimedia
Click the links provided below to view the following multimedia pieces:Ecological Systems Theory | Transcript .FMG Video
Click the following link to view a video purchased through Films Media Group for use in this Capella course. Any distribution of video content or associated links is prohibited.Child Development Theorists: Freud to Erikson to Spock . . . and Beyond | Transcript . Show More Library Resources
The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:Currie, J. (2009). Healthy, wealthy, and wise: Socioeconomic status, poor health in childhood, and human capital development . Journal of Economic Literature, 47(1), 87–122.Kagan, J. (2011). Three lessons learned . Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6(2), 107–113.Lefmann, T., & Combs-Orme, T. (2013). Early brain development for social work practice: Integrating neuroscience with Piaget’s theory of cognitive development . Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 23(5), 640–647.Li, W., Farkas, G., Duncan, G. J., Burchinal, M. R., & Vandell, D. L. (2013). Timing of high-quality child care and cognitive, language, and preacademic development . Developmental Psychology, 49(8), 1440–1451.Pérez-Edgar, K., McDermott, J., Korelitz, K., Degnan, K., Curby, T., Pine, D., & Fox, N. (2010). Patterns of sustained attention in infancy shape the developmental trajectory of social behavior from toddlerhood through adolescence . Developmental Psychology, 46(6), 1723–1730.Zaff, J., & Smerdon, B. (2009). Putting children front and center: Building coordinated social policy for America’s children . Applied Developmental Science, 13(3), 105–118.Course Library Guide
A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the PSY-FP7210 – Lifespan Development Library Guide to help direct your research.Internet Resources
Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.WGBH Educational Foundation. (Producer). (2001). Discovering psychology: Language development [Video] | Transcript . Retrieved from http://www.learner.org/series/discoveringpsychology/06/e06expand.htmlSchoolsWorldTV. (Producer). (n.d.). Creativity [Video] | Transcript . Retrieved from http://www.schoolsworld.tv/node/2191?terms=737SchoolsWorldTV. (Producer). (n.d.). The learning brain [Video] | Transcript . Retrieved from http://www.schoolsworld.tv/node/1445TED Conferences, LLC. (2010). Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds [Video]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/temple_grandin_the_world_needs_all_kinds_of_minds.htmlTED Conferences, LLC. (2008). Stuart Brown: Play is more than fun [Video]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/stuart_brown_says_play_is_more_than_fun_it_s_vital.htmlFreshConcentrate. (Producer). (n.d.). New York now: Over scheduled kids 1 [Video] | Transcript . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7JWCmzKK34FreshConcentrate. (Producer). (n.d.). New York now: Over scheduled kids 2 [Video] | Transcript . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTv7H9sIaEQBookstore Resources
The resource listed below is relevant to the topics and assessments in this course and is not required. Unless noted otherwise, this resource is available for purchase from the Capella University Bookstore . When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific –FP (FlexPath) course designation.Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2014). The life span: Human development for helping professionals (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. Assessment Instructions Note: The assessments in this course follow the human developmental sequence, so you are encouraged to complete them in order.Part 1: Create the Case: Early Childhood
Create a simulated case study, relevant to your area of specialization, of a pre-school child, between 2 and 5 years of age, who presents developmental challenges related to factors described by Piaget’s or Vygotsky’s developmental milestones and Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory.
Your case study should be 1–2 pages in length and it should describe:The child’s strengths and challenges.The medical, family, and social context.The developmental challenges evident in the behavior of the child.Individual and cultural factors that theory and/or research indicate could impact the child’s development.Any other factors you deem appropriate based on your understanding of the theory and related research.
To develop this case, you should:Explore theory and research related to early childhood development in the cognitive domain.Use either Piaget or Vygotsky to describe those age- or stage-related milestones expected at the age of your selected child.Develop your case by creating a challenge for the child in the cognitive domain in early childhood. Describe what the child struggles with in not meeting the expected theoretical milestones in the cognitive domain.Explore, through theory and research, Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory of the various systems that can influence development. Describe the typical influences in those systems that would likely be most evident for a child in the preschool years.Develop your case study further by creating an environmental context for the child in specific systems in Bronfenbrenner’s theory. Include any specific issues that you want to explore through research, such as influences of a specific culture or ethnicity, specific socioeconomic status, family structure, attachment issues, and neighborhood context.Maintain a resource list of the materials you consulted to build your case.
Follow current APA guidelines for style and formatting, as well as for citing your resources. Include a reference list of the scholarly resources you use.Part 2: Case Intervention Analysis: Early ChildhoodResearch
Complete the following:Research evidence-based interventions that have been effective in meeting the challenges of the child you described in your case study, from the perspective of your own professional specialization (as far as possible).Explain how the deficits in the cognitive and other developmental domains affect development in early childhood.Explain how the environmental contexts impact development and functioning.State the recommended interventions that align with your specialization.Include evidence for those outcomes from the professional literature.Explore briefly the literature on cognitive development over time, considering that early influences can impact development across the lifespan.Explain, from the perspective of your specialization, how the early cognitive challenges could be manifested across the lifespan.Explain how (or whether) this might help in understanding and determining an approach to working with an individual who had early cognitive challenges.Structure of the Report
Use the following format to structure your report:Title page.A descriptive title of 5–15 words that concisely communicates the purpose of your report and includes the name of the fictional subject. Be sure to follow Capella’s suggested format for title pages on course papers.Introduction.An overview of the paper contents, including a brief summary (approximately ½ page) of the background information regarding the case study. (The complete 1–2-page case you developed will be included as an appendix.)Body of the report.The presenting challenges and primary issues.An analysis of how lifespan development theory and research may account for the presenting cognitive challenges. Highlight why the child is developing as described.A description of your selected child with attention to age-expected outcomes in cognitive development, as well as specific challenges the child has in not meeting those milestones.A description of the factors in the child’s environment linked to Bronfenbrenner’s theory, which have an impact on his or her overall development.An assessment of the potential impact of individual and cultural differences on development for the current age and context described in the case study.Evidence-based interventions that have been effective in meeting the described challenges of your selected child, from the perspective of your own professional specialization.An explanation of how the deficits in the cognitive domain or environmental contexts impact functioning in other domains, such as social or emotional development (considering that in developing your case, the theoretical emphasis was on the cognitive domain).Recommended interventions that align with your specialization. Include evidence for those outcomes from the professional literature.Projections, based on research and/or theory, of possible long-term impacts that the current challenges may produce across the individual’s lifespan.Conclusion.A summary of what was introduced in the body of the paper with respect to the case study context, challenges, and interventions.Reference page.A minimum of five scholarly sources from current peer-reviewed journals, formatted in current APA style.Appendix.The simulated case study you created in Part 1.Other Requirements
Your paper should meet the following requirements:Written communication: Write coherently to support central ideas, in appropriate APA format, and with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.Length of paper: 5–7 typed, double-spaced pages, not including the title page, reference page, or case study appendix.References: At least five scholarly resources (peer-reviewed journals).APA format: Follow current APA guidelines for style and formatting, as well as for citing your resources in the body of your paper and in alphabetical order on the Reference page.Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point, double-spaced.
Note: In graduate-level writing, you should minimize the use of direct quotes. Lengthy quotes do not count toward assessment minimums. It is your interpretation of the material and its application to practice that is assessed.Early and Middle Childhood Case Intervention Analysis Scoring GuideView Scoring Guide Use the scoring guide to enhance your learning. How to use the scoring guide [u02a1] Early And Middle Childhood Case Intervention Analysis<link type=”text/css” media=”screen” rel=”stylesheet” href= “//media.capella.edu/Blackboard9/css/patch_manifesto.css”/>
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