Assignment Genie the Wild Child case study/APA format font 12/Roman.
Need to Peer review Journals.
1. Discuss the case study with reference to the key arguments on language development that are covered in your book (Topical Approach to Life Span Development Santrock 8thed), and the video, namely the critical period vs the sensitive period, and the behavioral approach vs the LAD approach (Noam Chomsky). How do these ideas clash and combine with this case.
2. What are your thoughts on the dynamics of the case study from ethical, social, and legal perspectives?
3. What are your take away thoughts about language development - does this case answer the questions? If not, why? What else do we need etc.
4. Feel free to add anything extra that might think about when you watched this documentary.
Notes on Genie Willey a 13 year old child was found in a home in Los Angeles who lived in complete isolation unable to speak , even though she was 13 years old her appearance was of a 6-7 year old. When discovered she was in diapers living in cage with chicken wire, she was unable to walk. Her parents Clark Wiley had told other people living in the home not to speak to genie or touch her, the wife Genie's mother was blind with cataracts and Clark her husband was controlling and may have been abusive to her. (not sure what education level the parents had). Genie was living in a dark, back bedroom (that had no natural light) and at times was strapped to a potty chair for days.
It was stated in the report that her father Clark may have been suffering from PTSD (his mother was shot and killed by a drive by shooting) and as a result had isolated himself and family from society. Before conviction for child abuse the farther Clark shot and killed himself.
Treatment for Genie:
James Cant Child Psychologist and Susan Curtis Lingustic who help her in her speech and overall development.
How children brain develop, learning words, engaging with people.
Left hemisphere of the brain affected was not given enough stimulation to grow, which regressed in size and function. ( Maslow heriachy of love and belonging).
With the psychologist help Genie was able to learned words, engage with people and it was revealed she was not retarded, but only suffered from abuse and lack of love, affection and stimulus. Her progression stop at around 18 years (find out why?) and monetary resources were depleted. Genie was sent back to her home to live with her mother which her mother was unable to care for her , so she was placed in foster care and was abuse and was afraid to speak d/t being severely punished for vomiting in one of the foster homes( what type of reward stimulus?) she did not want to open her mouth out of fear of repeated punishment.
Foster parents was not skilled or educated to care for Genie.
She was placed in 6 foster homes to state care and she lived in therapist homes. The Therapist Susan Curtis became too involved(discussed client patient relationship) and the mother filed a law suit this was when she was returned to her mother.
This assignment answer questions related to a case study of Genie Willey who was kept isolated by her father for thirteen years and has no language ability. How and what happened to her is the part of the case study. The answer relates to the critical thinking regarding the situation of Genie through out her life.
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Genie suffered for thirteen long years being kept isolated from the world in a dark bedroom tied in a potty chair. When discovered she was unable to speak and looked like a six years old girl. Her language learning disability provided an opportunity to psychologists and linguists to study a topic of language development in which Nativists support that the language capacity is innate, whereas empiricists believe in the importance of environmental variables.
Noam Chomsky a nativist says that language cannot be acquired alone. He says that children are born with LAD that is the innate power to recognize the language principles. As they come in contact with language they start learning it at a remarkable pace.