Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cognitive Function in Elaboration Phase: Engage in Spontaneous Comparative Behaviour

When this Cognitive Function is adequate the child will:

* move from simply recognizing objects and events to establishing relationships among them
*make automatic comparisons when approaching tasks or problems
*spontaneously search for similarities and differences among items
*organize and integrate discrete units of information into meaningful systems that are interrelated
*use and modify the criteria of comparison dynamically to suit the problem

When this Cognitive Function is inadequate the child may:
*have an "episodic grasp of reality" in which items are viewed seperately and as having no relationship to one another
*have difficulty using adjectives such as "similar", "like",and "unlike" in spontaneous speech
*have difficulty making decisions that involve the underlying skill of comparing
*make sweeping generalizations about people or events without taking notice of individual differences

Strategies to Correct an Inability to Engage in Spontaneous Comparative Behaviour

Areas you can mediate:

* Meaning- The parent mediates a strategy for comparing
*Transcendence- The parent encourages continual application of comaprison
*Optimistic Alternative- The parent suggest that the child looks at two alternatives before deciding

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