A Case Study Of Martina's Development Of Interpersonal Development

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Case study. Martina is an only child who lives in Australia with both her mum and dad however her nationality is of English. She was a full term baby who was showing independence from an early age. Martina’s behaviour throughout her development highlighted that she was perhaps a clingy, needy child that was constantly looking for reassurance. Martina reached many developmental milestones (Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, 2012) particularly when she was 0-12 months old along with developing socially such as interacting with other children and emotionally by having to cope with the loss of her grandmother and was showing bouts of aggression with peers (Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, 2012, p.14). She developed…show more content…
Martina also involved herself in role play, this could be linked to Richard and Rodgers theoretical view of language being an interactional view. They "see language as a vehicle for the realisation of interpersonal relations and for the performance of social transactions between individuals” (Tompkins, 1998, para.5). Martina’s roleplaying could help her with her communication skills. An idea to support Martina’s language development during this stage would be to sing songs with her and make music with her by using a tambourine. Martina’s emotional development during this age could be linked to being in Erikson’s autonomy vs shame & doubt stage. “Children at this age are becoming increasingly independent and want to gain greater control over what they do” (Cherry, 2015, para.3). This is shown when Martina toilet trains herself, an idea that could be used to support her emotional development would be to talk to her about people, places and hug her often. Martina was continuing to develop socially, she developed a strong relationship with her teacher in term two. Bruner said “Educators who engage in timely, meaningful and age-appropriate interactions with children contribute significantly to children’s learning and development”. A way that could be used to support her social development would be to let her play with other children in the sandpit whilst educators supervise. Martina continued to develop cognitively this is shown when she asked for food and toys that were not present, which could be linked to suggest that she was in Piaget’s stage 2 of the constructivist theory. Martina’s thinking was “still egocentric and she had difficulty taking the viewpoint of others” (Atherton, 2013, p.1). This was evident when Martina was ignoring her mother when she was disapproving her whilst throwing food at the table.

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