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3V0200.01 Lack of discrimination; debugging habitual actions; roots of self awareness 8/10

Gretchen recalls with certainty that Peggy began rearing back during feeding as early as during the second month.

Before the last videotape session (on 8/6/78), I observed Peggy playing simultaneously a foot and her ladybug rattle. Most striking was her bringing both objects (foot and rattle) to her mouth at one time — where they competed for entry and got in each other’s way. This sort of conjunction offers the accidental opportunity for insertion to use [?] as an observation. Hoping to capture this occurrence, in P 28 I gave Peggy both her familiar teething ring (the circular ladybug) and the set of three sticks. I segregated the sticks from the other objects of the set so there would be less clutter and distraction.


3V0200.02 Increasing Mobility 8/10

Peggy’s mobility is rapidly increasing. When on her stomach, she has good success at rotation on her belly, pulling her hands in the direction of some desired object by grasping the material of whatever surface she is on. Her accidental “on-the-back-crawl” continues. She has not yet rolled onto her stomach from her back, but she is within a breath of doing so. (The situation is one of reaching out to explore with her hands, e.g. scratching the wood grained surface of our bed’s headboard.) If she wriggles forward on her stomach, it is accidental. Trying hard to reach for objects beyond her grasp, her wriggling may bring her forward or the flailing may just as likely knock it away. (Miriam is now playing with Peggy, giving her advice on rolling over.)


3V2000.03 Change of Babbling Vocabulary; relation of sounds to communication protocols 8/10

The babbling vocabulary is changing. Over past weeks, Peggy’s babbling was dominated by the /b/ sounds (with occasional /m/’s). Gretchen believes that once Peggy commands a consonant, she tries it with various vowels. My recollection of her dominant pattern is this: /bae//b/\//b/\//bwae/. During this week the dominant plosive has been replaced by ‘G’. Thus she is now saying /gae/gae/gae/. This is an opportunity for jokes with Miriam because her friends’ kindergarten imitation of babies was always /goo/goo/gae/gae/.

Which is more important in Peggy’s conversations: imitation of sounds or the recognition of a communication protocol? I believe the latter is — because when Peggy starts to talk (/ae/ae/) it appears not to matter to her what sounds are made by her respondent…as long as they are not so extensive and complexly modulated to suggest speech between competent speakers of the language. [Partially illegible note about the respondent talking to someone else]. The importance of specific imitations noted earlier (cf. 7/23/78) appears to be in making clear that she and I were communication [sic] by turns with each other, i.e. that the succession of sounds was not a random and uncaused verbal response.


3V0200.04 Debugging: let go before grasping. 8/10

During reviews of past videotapes (P 28 and earlier) Gretchen has remarked that when Peggy knocks a desired object with one in her hand already, or reaches for a desired object with another still grasped in the reaching hand, it appears she may be trying to “rake in” the remoter desired object. Could this be true? An incident a few days ago (3 or 4) gives evidence on that question and also exemplifies a rudimentary problem solution. We, Gretchen, Peggy and I, sat at table. As our lunch went on Peggy mouthed her disk-shaped teething ring, holding it in her right hand. Peggy began reaching a teething biscuit while Gretchen removed the paper and when it was held within her reach she reached out to grasp it with her right hand — but the hand was still holding the disk-shaped teething ring. Still grasping the disk after a few bumps, Peggy then reached across her body and grasped the biscuit with her left hand. Gretchen let go. Peggy let go of the disk, grasped the biscuit in both hands and brought it to her mouth.


3V0201.01 Rolling Over.(8/11/78)

When Peggy rolls from her back to her side now, it is typical that her pelvis goes all the way over as if she were going to roll onto her stomach. The impediment to that is her arm which is most frequently outstretched. As often as not, the hand of that arm is brought back to her mouth.