Lifespan Observation Essay

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Observation Diane Martin Liberty University Observation My observation experience took place somewhat unexpectedly. I have learned from working in the human services field and being a parent that children change socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually between birth and the end of adolescence and that they progress at individual intervals from dependency to increasing individualism. Changes continue to occur into adulthood, but at a slower rate as compared to the earlier years. Observing the different developmental stages of the human lifespan can be a daily occurrence within the community. I had not planned on completing my observation when I did, but I got the feeling I was in the right place at the right time. My five-year-old daughter had been sick with a stuffy nose, coughing, and a fever so I called the doctor’s office for an appointment. The receptionist told me they were all booked up but to bring my daughter and she could be a work-in to see a doctor when one was available. My daughter and I arrived at her doctor’s office around 10:30am on Thursday, November 14, 2013. I signed her in at the desk and we took a seat in the waiting room between two tables with magazines. To the left of us were four adults, seemingly in pairs due to their proximity to each other and their conversational actions. The four adults appeared as a husband and wife in late adulthood and a couple that appeared to be in middle adulthood. My daughter took off her coat and sat in the chair next to me. She immediately asked to go into the play area after seeing three other children in there with a mother still in young adulthood. The play area was to the left of the four adults previously mentioned. The play area had a toy box, cubby area with puzzles and books, and a children’s table with four small chairs. The

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