My Kid Doesn't Think Like Me

One of the earliest psychologists to study how the mind of a child develops was Jean Piaget. Prior to his research, the assumption was that a child thought like an adult, but simply had less experience or processing power. Piaget discovered that there was a qualitative, rather than quantitative, difference in thinking between childhood and adulthood. In other words, children are not simply less experienced or intelligent than adults; they actually think very differently. The sensorimotor stage. During the first stage of cognitive development, which occurs from birth to age two, children learn about the world through their senses and motor habits. Children develop object permanence (the

Psychological Evaluations and the Elephant in the Room

You'll have to read all the way through to find out about the elephant.... A psychological evaluation is defined as a broad variety of evaluative procedures that yield information about a person. Multiple assessment procedures (a holistic approach) gives the best snapshot of the individual’s functioning. This is especially important when the decisions based on the data are life-altering. What do I need to know before I go? The psychologist will keep all of the information about you private, but there are a few exceptions: If you sign a document (called an authorization to release information) asking the psychologist to send a copy of the results to someone (such as a lawyer or your doctor).

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