Video Assessment Project Child Development Essay

Length: 3 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Children Type: Essay Paper: #69936980 Related Topics: Child Observation, Child Development, Adult Development, Family Assessment
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Video Assessment

The 18-month-old child depicted in the video is seen first playing with blocks and then identifying pictures of various objects and animals, with prompting from an adult female (presumably the child's mother, though she is not identified in the video). There are not significant hesitations on the part of the child before identifying pictures, with approximately a three-second interval typically occurring between the time the prompt is given and the time the child responds. No anxiety or other stress is exhibited by either the child or the adult at any point in the video, and the relationship the child has with the adult and with his environment -- the blocks and the pictures especially -- appears to be secure. Motor skills from grasping to standing/walking are strong and in keeping with expectations for the child's age. A further analysis of the child's behavior as depicted in the video is given below.


Clearly puts thought into the questions and prompts presented, accessing memory/knowledge...


Responses are also consistently correct -- identification of animals and animal sounds, fruit, etc. are met with approval by the adult. Child shows clear thinking process when prompted and stumped by the question, as well, then makes an appropriate guess.


The child does not make eye contact with the adult despite responding to the prompts/questions given. Interaction is clearly present, but not acknowledged. Emotional state is happy, with smiles and laughter given; contemplation is also evident during thinking periods. No frustration evidenced when questions stump the child and no negative emotionality displayed.


Ability to grasp and move objects, stand and walk, squat, point and make other gestures, and other basic movements. Does not show a great deal of facial expression. His coordination is strong but his movements are still jerky and awkward, as expected at this age.


Very limited language use. Single word answers to prompts and only one instance of semi-child-initiated talking. Clear ability to understand spoken language insofar as simple questions/prompts.


The child in the video demonstrates a very strong ability to focus and to carry out planned thoughts and actions in a determined manner. His play with the blocks is far less deliberate than his examination of the pictures and his engagement with them at the prompting of the adult, but when prompted his focus is very much intact. He also displays physical and cognitive/behavioral control in keeping with expectations regarding his…

Sources Used in Documents:


Colorado Department of Education. (n.d.) Finley's Parent Teacher Conference. [Video file]. Retrieved from

Colorado Department of Education. (n.d.) Sharing Documentation with Families. [Video file]. Retrieved from

Wortham, S. (2008). Assessment in Early Childhood Education. Merril Prentice Hall.

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