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Module 3b

Handout 3b.5s
Behavior Hypotheses

SarahDuring unstructured activities (centers, playground), Sarah plays in isolation, often in a corner or under a table. When this behavior occurs, Sarah escapes social interaction, and she is usually left to play alone.

When an adult is separating from Sarah or is standing or sitting nearby (arrival, departure, centers, table activities), Sarah will whine and cry. When Sarah cries, she gains adult attention. A nearby adult will go to her and try to console her by rubbing her back, rocking her, or holding her.

When Sarah awakes in the night, she will cry to gain adult attention. When this behavior occurs, Sarah’s foster mother will go to her and lie with her until she falls asleep again.

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