Caregiver-child interaction

During the informal introduction period, I become familiar with the entire situation. I observe how the principle caregiver interacts with the child, how this person soothes the child when he/she is upset, how a drink is provided, etc.

Here is another video clip of Landon, a deafblind child. He sits close to his mother while she and I talk. What do you notice about Landon’s relationship with his mother?

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Did you see that even while Landon’s mother is talking with me, she maintains close contact with Landon, by caressing his head? After watching this 2-minute video clip, what can be hypothesized about Landon’s relationship with his mother? We can hypothesize that some kind of interpersonal relationship has been established between them. As the assessor, I keep this hypothesis in mind.

When an opportunity arises, I verify this hypothesis. I sometimes speak my hypotheses out loud during an assessment, making it easier for people attending to understand what’s happening.

The quality of the principal caregiver-child relationship can be analyzed by applying the most important principles of Attachment Theory (see Theories Deafblindness). 

 

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