Infant Case Study

A Case Study about Child Development
Lucas is almost four years old and lives with his mom and dad in a house in the country. His father is a train engineer and spends a few days a week on the rails while his mother stays at home as a housewife. Their house sits on a large plot of land surrounded by woods on one side and a cornfield on the other. They have neighbors but only on one side and across the street. They also have many pets, two dogs, three cats, and some fish. Lucas is presently the only child but that will be changing in a few months, as his mother is pregnant and due at the end of July. He loves trains, animals, ice tea, and being inside and outside of his house. His favorite movie is the Polar Express. He does not like the word “No” and is having a tough time adjusting to his mom’s attempts to add structure into their unstructured lives as her due date approaches. This nickname exemplifies his fun loving, goofy, energetic personality. Throughout this study, the observation of Lucas will take place at two places: his house, inside and out and the college.
Part II: Physical Development
Lucas developed normally through the prenatal, infancy, and toddler stages. He was born on March eighth in 2005 by cesarean section after a full term, normal pregnancy. At birth, he weighed eight pounds twelve ounces and measured twenty-one inches long, which according to the Center for Disease Control (2000), put him in the seventy-fifth percentile for weight and ninetieth percentile for length. As an infant Betsy, Lucas’s mother, chose not to breast feed and instead gave him formula. As a toddler, Lucas hit all the important milestones, according to his mother, included learning to walk which occurred around fifteen months.
As Lucas progressed from a toddler to preschooler, he continued to progress as he should with only one minor lapse. When Lucas was three, he broke his first bone. He broke his right
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arm during the spring while playing in the...