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3V0282.1

3V0282.01 Spoon dropping = food rejection

Spoon play – After the edge has been taken off her hunger, Peggy reaches for the spoon as she is being fed. Or she grips the spoon with her teeth, holding it in her mouth until she can grasp it with a hand. Frequently, she plays with the spoon, turning it over and over, and feeling any food left in the bowl, and chewing on it. When she tires of this, she simply lets the spoon drop. Occasionally, she takes the spoon from my hand and immediately, deliberately drops it over the side of her chair into the floor.

3V0283.1

3V0283.01 Trapped fingers: a really bad bug (11/01/78)

Twice in these last several days, as she played with her box of blocks, Peggy has closed the box lid on a finger. The problem quickly magnifies because she leans on the box with her other hand. Peggy screams and cries; it has been clear that she doesn’t understand the problem at all. Her desire to solve the “problem” couldn’t be clearer.

With her finger hurting so much, it should be “obvious” that the cause is its being caught in the box — but it probably is not.

3V0283.2

3V0283.02 Clear Example of Object Concept crudeness -> prefer gradual elaboration (11/01/78)

Relevance: This is another example , albeit a peculiar one, of Peggy having a very crude object concept. she obviously recognizes that objects have an “inside”: This blocks box does — for it can be opened and blocks taken out; her cups have an inside into which balls may fit. It should not be expected that with the discovery of object permanence one “inherits” some knowledge about how surfaces relate to substances. Peggy apparently knows that blocks can go into her box – But she may not yet realize that the lid must be open for the blocks to get inside; so I would interpret her banging them on the lid of the box as an attempt to get them inside. Similarly, when she frequently bangs a ball against the bottom of a cup, I interpret the action as an attempt to get the ball into the cup, but one which does not acknowledge the need to pass through an open face of the object.

P040

Peggy Study, Panel P040

Themes: Social Interactions, Communications, and Object Interaction
Source: (Lawler); date: 10/31/1978

Title: Pre-Language Communication and Object Understanding
Text commentary: GPL feeds Peggy in her usual fashion, then urges Peggy to choose between two objects. Peggy does NOT understand what is expected of her but vaguely suggests some preference for the doll by reaching initially in its direction. Peggy plays with Bob’s pipe and he “talks to her/with her.” These activities are not important in respect of any claims made here about Peggy’s understanding, but more as documentation of what “comes naturally” in her social context. Similarly, her play with both rolling objects and her standard set of objects continues documenting her repertoire of actions and understandings.



P40A GPL Feeding Peggy, 24mb


P40B Object Choice, 8mb


P40C Pipe Play/Communication, 29mb


P40D1 Rolling, with Mirror, 27mb


P40D2 Rolling, without Mirror, 19mb


P40E Standard Objects, 17mb