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    Nicole is a 17 year old who identifies as female, Caucasian and bisexual. The presenting problem is that the client is seeking treatment to address issues related to anger, fear of abandonment, and impulsive and destructive behaviors (i.e. physical aggression, cutting, purging, sexual reactivity, and suicidal ideation). She has been hospitalized numerous times and currently resides in a treatment center for adolescents. She comes from a family of high socioeconomic status. She has struggled with truancy in school. Nicole experienced verbal and physical abuse, and the Department of Family Services has been involved multiple times. This paper will identify normative developmental milestones from infancy to adolescence and analyze Nicole’s life according to these milestones. Therapeutic interventions will also be discussed, in relation to the milestones that Nicole did not appear to meet. Names of people and places have been changed to be in accordance with HIPAA law. Infancy/Toddlerhood During normal infancy and toddlerhood, important developmental milestones occur involving changes in “motor or physical behavior, play activities, adaptive behavior that involves taking care of self, social responses, and language development” (Zastrow, Kirst-Ashman, 2016, p. 79). In infancy, a healthy child learns to lift its head, track movement, put things in its mouth, recognize familiar faces, babble, and so much more. In one year, this child can crawl and maybe even walk, albeit, unstably.…

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    In her paper “The Teening of Childhood” by Kay Hymowitz that was published in movementforchildhood.com, Hymowitz describes how media is changing the way of the tweens of today. Media has a way of changing a perspective at a childhood to tweens. The main ways media is having an influence on tweens begins with children’s toys, such as Barbie, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Media has a certain way of changing a young child into a tween that wants so much more.…

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    A Parent’s Guide to Tackling Teen Technology Today It’s a technological mismatch, we parents vs. teens and preteens. They grew up on Wi-Fi and touchscreens. We learned on floppy discs and dot-matrix printers. When kids begin to explore more than Dora and Webkinz online, parents struggle to stay on top. On top of technology, of trends, of tracking what our kids do online. We can feign competency for only so long. At some point, the lie of an all-seeing app tracker we keep in our ancient flip…

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    Childhood no longer involves playing with innocent toys and watching silly cartoons. Instead, childhood now involves applying makeup and smoking marijuana. Society has impacted children’s lives in both positive and negative aspects—a negative aspect being the creation of the “tween” generation. Children ages 8 to 12 are referred to as tweens, and are characterized by their premature, adult-like attitudes, looks, and actions. In an unfortunately serious, and realistic essay titled, “Tweens: Ten…

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    With the way social media has progressed, it has made a big impact on teenagers. With how it has evolved over the past couple of years, it has become a necessity for teenagers to be able to access social media. Technology over the years has allowed teenagers to go on social media with their cellphones and other devices. According to Amanda Lenhart (2015) from Pew Research Center, “56% of teens ages 13-17 go online several times a day, 12% go online once a day, 6% go online once a week, and only…

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    passage, it is Christmas time and Rudy’s father is still gone. Liesel makes an attempt at cheering him up by bringing Rudy to his father’s tailoring company after dark. As the two children poke around the abandoned shop and find old treasures. To any passerby they would look like normal children, a little on the skinny side, but other than that normal. What they do not see is the hurt that stays inconspicuously behind the eyes of human embodiments of sorrow and pain. They escape these pains that…

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    Lecompte et al. (2014) explain that insecure attachment is a risk factor for later development of anxiety and/or depression. Insecurely-attached children are twice as likely to develop later internalizing problems, than securely-attached children. Of the insecure attachments, children of insecure-disorganized attachment have a higher risk of later internalizing problems. This research only concluded that insecure early parent-child attachment results in the surfacing of later internalizing…

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    the world. Toddlers who do not get the opportunity to learn these skills will have self esteem issues and be very doubtful of their abilities. The third stage occurs in Preschool years, and is the challenge of initiative vs. guilt. As children are getting older and start to attend some time of school, they must learn how to interact with the individuals surrounding them as well as the objects around them. This stage is where the imagination begins to expand. We play with dolls, miniature…

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    1. Interactions in which infants and their relationship partners together experience delight and other positive emotions, may create (or fail to create) expectations in that infant that people can experience positive feelings together. Some have argued that these expectations may come to act as an "internal working model" for later intimacy relating. Based upon your reading in this chapter (though you may also pull from latter chapters) do you agree or disagree? Explain. 2. Preadolescence may…

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    A quiet Christmas night in 1998 in the affluent neighborhood of Los Altos, California rolled around, celebrations having just finished and adults and children alike heading to the comforts of their beds . The houses stood in an eerie silence, foreshadowing the grim despair that was soon to follow. Shawn, a 16 year old juvenile, stabbed his father with a kitchen knife, inflicting wounds to his face, neck and arms. Shawn’s mother vividly describes waking up to the blood covered body of her…

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