The      infant or toddler and his or her strengths and challenges.

Assessment 1:

Part 1: Create the Case

Create a simulated case study, relevant to your area of specialization, of an infant or toddler (birth to 24 months of age) who presents developmental challenges related to factors described by Bowlby’s attachment theory, and also shows evidence of biological factors that affect development.

Your case study should include:

  • The      infant or toddler and his or her strengths and challenges.
  • The      medical, family, and social context.
  • The      developmental challenges evident in the behavior of the infant or toddler.
  • Evidence      in the case that supports a specific attachment style.
  • Contextual      factors that could affect the infant’s or toddler’s biological and brain      development.
  • Individual      and cultural factors that theory and/or research indicate could impact the      infant’s or toddler’s development.
  • Any      other factors you deem appropriate based on your understanding of the      theory and related research.

To develop this case, you should:

  • Explore      theory and research related to development linked to biological and brain      factors and influences based on Bowlby’s attachment theory.
  • Identify      attachment styles in general and analyze a specific attachment style for      the case you are developing.
  • Locate      and read current research on prenatal and infant brain development to describe      potential outcomes linked to brain development in infancy or toddlerhood,      including important considerations in the case you are developing.

Follow current APA guidelines for style and formatting, as well as for citing your resources. Include a reference list of the scholarly resources you consulted.

Part 2: Early Development Case Intervention Analysis


Complete the following:

  • Research      evidence-based interventions that have been effective in meeting the      challenges of the infant or toddler you described in your case study, from      the perspective of your own professional specialization (as far as      possible).
    • Explain       how the deficits in developmental domains or environmental contexts       impacted functioning.
    • State       the recommended interventions that align with your specialization.
    • Include       evidence for those outcomes from the professional literature.
  • Explore      briefly the literature on adult attachment issues, considering that early      influences can impact development across the lifespan.
    • Explain, from       the perspective of your specialization, how the attachment style of the       infant or toddler could be manifested as an adult.
    • Explain       how this might help in understanding and determining an approach to       working with an adult with attachment-related issues.

Structure of the Report

Use the following format to structure your report: 5-7 pages include at least 5 scholarly resources (peer reviewed journals.

  • Title      page.
    • A       descriptive title of 5–15 words that concisely communicates the purpose       of your report and includes the name of the fictional subject. Be sure to       follow Capella’s suggested format for title pages on course papers.
  • Introduction.
    • An       overview of the paper contents, including a brief summary (approximately       half a page) of the background information regarding the case study.       (The complete 1–2-page case you developed will be included as an       appendix.)
  • Body      of the report.
    • The       presenting challenges and primary issues.
    • An       analysis of how lifespan development theory and research may account for       the presenting challenges.
    • An       assessment of the potential impact of individual and cultural differences       on development for the current age and context described in the case       study.
    • Suggestions       of evidence-based intervention strategies that have proven effective in       similar cases, supported by citations of research and any applicable       theories.
    • Projections,       based on research and/or theory, of possible long-term impacts that the       current challenges may produce across the individual’s lifespan.
  • Conclusion.
    • A       summary of what was introduced in the body of the paper with respect to       the case study context, challenges, and interventions.
  • Reference      page.
    • A       minimum of five scholarly sources from current peer-reviewed journals,       formatted in current APA style.
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