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Book details
  • Genre:PSYCHOLOGY
  • SubGenre:Developmental / Child
  • Language:English
  • Pages:365
  • eBook ISBN:9781624882340

The Interpretation of Infant Communication

by Michael Barclay Ph.D.

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Overview

This book is an academic study of language acquisition and infant communication. An interpreter of infant communication examines the actual communicative behavior of the infant as well as the literature, a discourse surrounding that sort of behavior. One cannot simply observe an infant and say something meaningful without saying it in the context of an explicit discursive background. In a real sense, that background provides not only a referential focus but an implicit epistemology. The infant under scrutiny takes on a particular appearance by dint of that epistemology. On the one hand, one hastens to become exposed to the discourse created by others who have also observed children; on the other hand, one observes and chronicles the actions and speech of a child or of children.

Description

This book is an academic study of language acquisition and infant communication. An interpreter of infant communication examines the actual communicative behavior of the infant as well as the literature, a discourse surrounding that sort of behavior. One cannot simply observe an infant and say something meaningful without saying it in the context of an explicit discursive background. 'The interpretation of infant communication' is a sort of double sided allusion. On one side, it refers to interpretations of the interpretations which exist in the literature, while on the other side, it refers to the interpretation of the actual gestures, speech and actions of the infant herself. The early portions of this study consist in the hermeneutic study of the literature and incipient epistemology of 'language acquisition' theory. The latter portions consist in the phenomenological descriptions which are drawn from the observations of my infant daughter and her social interactions within our family. The two, nevertheless, continually interrelate. I hope that the following adds to a continuing story of the individual and her society, as she learns how to communicate within its culture.

About the author

Core Faculty, Meridian University: Courses: Family Therapy Methods (overview of history and theories) Psychological Assessment I, (use of MMPI, MCMI, Bender Gestalt, H-T-P, DAP, Thematic Apperception Test [TAT], MSE, among other measures). Psychological Assessment II, (use of WISC III & IV, WAIS, PPVT [Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test] among other alternative ability measures). Narrative Therapy and Practice History of Psychology Dr. Barclay is a licensed Psychologist, (Psy 13136), providing psychotherapeutic treatment of families, couples, adult individuals, children and teens; treatment of dual diagnosis adults; psychological assessment and evaluation of ED (Emotionally Disturbed) children and teens for Individual Education Planning meetings as well as young adults in educational settings; clinical evaluations and assessment of adolescents and children in group home and foster placements; In addition, Dr. Barclay is the Clinical Director at New Directions Adolescent Services, also in Santa Rosa. As Clinical Director, at New Directions Adolescent Services, Inc. Dr. Barclay's duties include: management of Youth and Family Services for the agency; recruiting, interviewing and hiring clinical staff; supervising and managing (14) counselors, LCSW, MFT, MFTI, and Ph.D. Candidates.

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