I just started my Developmental Psychology class and one of my assignments is to interview a parent that has a child with special needs.
Here are my professor's instructions:
When development does not proceed in a typical fashion, life becomes more difficult for everyone involved. Parents find that it takes more time and effort to raise a child with a serious genetic problem and that other people are often hurtful in their comments and behavior toward the child. To help bring some of these developmental issues into focus, set up an informal interview with one or both parents of a child with a serious chromosomal or genetic problem (e.g., Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, or sickle-cell anemia)
Here are the interview questions:
- Whom did you interview, why did you choose them, and how were they contacted?
- What experience does your interviewee have with serious genetic or chromosomal problems? Which one(s)?
- What (if any) was the impact of this problem on the development of your interviewee’s child in each of the three domains? Give specific examples. (If your subjects are not the parents, discuss the developmental impact of the genetic or chromosomal problem in general terms.) Given that most people are not familiar with these terms from developmental psychology, you will need to explain them so the individual can answer the question.
- -bio-social domain
- -cognitive domain
- -psycho-social domain
- In what ways has your interviewee’s own development been influenced by raising a child with this genetic or chromosomal problem?
- What advice would your interviewee offer to prospective parents who may have a child with this condition?
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