Meet Alex Jason =]

Meet little Alex Jason
Meet little Alex Jason

 

I’ve decided to start a page about my amazing little cousin. His intelligence for his age amazes me. A simple morning with Alex (like this morning) would consist of his busy little habits, including playing games on the iPad and simultaneously participating in two conversations with myself and his mother. Alex is now 6 years of age and currently in Piaget’s pre-operational phase of cognitive development. This means that his thought processes are still developing into logical thought. (i will post more about what happens in this stage of development, simply because i study OT)…but for now, let’s discover a little more about this little man.

intricate play
intricate play

[NOTE: Technology can be a cause of more damage than good, but if exposed during a sensitive period and well controlled it may result in a child being more developed than those who remain unexposed.]

Currently, his favorite words are despondent (for sad) and jovial (for happy). This has become an excessive part of his daily speech.

When asked what he wants to be one day, he says that all he wants to be is a hero. LOL. So plain & cute.

He says his favorite thing to do is ‘playing’. i then asked him “playing what?” and he answers: “Just playing.”-such a simple answer with such depth in meaning. [NOTE: The main occupation of a child is play and it is such an important part in their development. Children NEED their play!]

Experiment with Little Alex

{based on Piaget’s pre-operational stage of development}

Conservation experiment
Conservation experiment

Try this with any 2-6 year old.

  • Have 2 short, fat glasses filled with the same amount of liquid (the child should watch you fill them and he/she should say when the two cups have the same amount of liquid in them)
  • Then take a taller, thinner glass and pour the liquid from one of the short glasses into this taller glass.
  • Ask the child to compare the two glasses that has liquid in. You could ask, “which glass contains more liquid?”
  • The child will then tell you that the tall glass has more liquid.
  • You can even go a step further and pour the liquid from the tall glass back into the short glass while the child watches and ask the same question. The answer you will get is that the amount of liquid is the same again.

This simple experiment was tested on Alex and he responded as expected. It was quite interesting to see that a child of his age takes into account ONLY the height of the glass and not the quantity of the liquid.

Moral of the story

i thought about this, and realized that sometimes, it’s important that we take away all the unnecessary factors that complicates our thinking and take on the simple perspective of a child, their minds so innocent and pure.

We, as adults, tend to take into account too many other factors that we may use to reason certain things away, preventing us from experiencing change  (like the liquid quantity CHANGING, from the child’s perspective). -And we all know CHANGE is a VITAL part in our lives-and the most important change is the change we experience in ourselves.

So, in the same way that Alex sees the quantity of the liquid changing, let’s experience the change we may need in our own lives, by recognizing the simple things in life.

More to be posted soon…

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