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Participant Observation in Child Development

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What was observed was a typical case of separation anxiety for Natasha, expecting that her mother will leave her for a period of time. Being emotionally attached to her mother, it is normal to be anxious at every time they part. She did not want to let go, but her mother needed to leave for work. When her mother left, she cried after her, but she was ready to go with the caregiver to choose her toy. She showed that she was resigned to her situation of being left at the daycare and accepted her fate.

She seemed to be aware of the routines already.   At two-and-a-half, this is a manifestation of maturity and independence on her part.   What was observed was a typical case of separation anxiety for Natasha, expecting that her mother will leave her for a period of time. Being emotionally attached to her mother, it is normal to be anxious at every time they part. She did not want to let go, but her mother needed to leave for work. When her mother left, she cried after her, but she was ready to go with the caregiver to choose her toy.

She showed that she was resigned to her situation of being left at the daycare and accepted her fate. She seemed to be aware of the routines already.   At two-and-a-half, this is a manifestation of maturity and independence on her part.   This was the first observation of the observer of Natasha. Natasha noticed her sitting in one corner of the room. The observer smiled at her but Natasha was still whimpering at that time, so she just looked away.

However, throughout the day, she would see the observer around the daycare and eventually gained familiarity with her. The observer stayed distant until she felt it was safe to approach Natasha more closely.   The caregiver tried to get to the level of Natasha as she played.   She took interest in what she was doing and respected her ideas.   She also took the opportunity to expose Natasha to a wider vocabulary and correct sentence construction, as the child has very limited verbal skills as of yet.    

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