WEEK 4- Monday, September 23, 13
INFANCY : Readiness for Life Sensory & Perceptual Development Early Learning
People back then thought new borns lived in a booming, buzzing confusion.. thought
they saw light or shadows, not objects.. Did not use higher centers of their brain
until they were 1 yr old.
Nowadays- Do have strengthening ability to learn, very organized,, contrast of what
people believed back then
“The Newborn: Development and Discovery” – early infant development
P.H Wolff (1966)
6 newborn behavioural states
(known as )
STATES OF AROUSAL
-still , eyes closed unmoving, slow regular breathing
2. irregular sleep
-eyes closed but moving (REM)
-jerk/grimace to stimulation
- occurs when falling asleep or waking up
eyes open and shut , have glazed appearance
-breathing is regular but more rapid than in regular sleep
-eyes wide open and bright
-exploring some aspect of environment
5. alert activity
-may display fussiness or bursts of motor activity
-intense crying that may be difficult to stop
-high levels of motor activity go through these 6 states of arousal when waking and sleeping ,as they get older, the
pattern of these states shift.. crying time may reduce while sleep time increases.
-New born spends most of the day in regular or inregular sleep
pg.156- arousal page
4-6 weeks, start sleeping more at night
newborns have no day or night., little bit of sleep then awake, weird cycle.
By a year, most babies are sleeping through at night.
-cant change the babies cycle to just sleep at night..
by 4-6 more melatonin ( sleeping substance in brain), at night in babies
Why is identification of stages significant?
1. Recognize subtle differences in degree of activity/inactivity in i