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Signature Assignment
For your signature assignment, you are to write hypothetical case study of one person with a disability or disorder, from birth through end-of-life. The purpose of this assignment is to show your understanding of the lifespan developmental issues of someone with a disorder. Choose a different disorder than the one you covered for your case assignment. You may choose to study an individual with a disorder that develops in childhood (e.g. autism), or an individual that develops a disorder later in life. Use readings from modules 1-8 and your own research to back up your case study with facts and theoretical perspectives. Make sure to cite all of your sources. Because everyone has individual differences, you do not need to outline every possible developmental trajectory of the disorder. This is the point of doing a case study – you need only envision the individual development of one person. It is possible that the individual you are studying does not show developmental problems in some stages. If this is the case, outline your case’s normal development for the age range.
Writing Requirements
The Signature Assignment will be an 8-10 page paper (excluding cover page and references).
You should use a minimum of 5-8 academic sources in your
Signature Assignment.
Your written work should follow APA style and formatting.
Your essay should have a cover page and reference page.
Abstracts are not required.
Must be double-spaced with 1-inch margins and typed in 12-point Times New Roman.

Topic: Applied Psychology: Emotional Intelligence
Your Signature assignment must discuss the following topics:
(1) Why is your topic of interest related to the field of applied psychology?
(2) Identify at least 2 psychology theories that helps explain your research topic
(3) How is your topic being measured or evaluated in the field of psychology?
(4) What does the current research results suggest with respect to your topic?, and
(5) Share your specific personal experiences or case examples of your topic in everyday life.

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Introducing Bolden, his family, and mental disorder
This case study will describe the life of Bolden, a male of Latin American descent who died at the age of 27 years. Bolden was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, commonly abbreviated as ASD when he was only five years old. According to Medline Plus (2019), ASD is a neurological and developmental disorder whose onset is early in childhood. The condition lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. Additionally, the disorder affects the way a person acts, interacts with others, learns, and communicates. Before his death, Bolden lived with his aging parents, who had never attended school before. Bolden had one sister (Ashley) and one brother (Ilicic), all of whom were expatriates in China. The siblings neither spent time with Bolden during his last days nor attended his burial because of the lockdown the Chinese government had directed to prevent the spread of a viral disease.
Bolden’s development from birth to 12 months
Initially, Bolden had no complications and weighed about 3.25 kilograms. During the first three months, Bolden would smile in response to his parents’ smiley faces. Besides, Bolden was able to raise her head and chest when lying on his mother’s (Solita) stomach. He would also take swipes at or even reach for objects, especially the dangling ones, even though he was not able to reach them. Between four and six months, Bolden was learning to reach out and manipulate the world around him quickly. Hence, he would roll over from front to back and vice versa. Bolden would also babble, and could produce sounds that mimicked real language. Also, the child would laugh, reach out and grab objects, besides manipulating toys and other tangible objects with his hands. Bolden would sit up, albeit with support. He also had excellent head control.
From seven to nine months, Bolden started crawling. He would also sit without support. He learned to pull up to a standing position and respond to familiar words, including his name. However, he started showing abnormal characteristics between 10 and 12 months. During this period, Bolden’s head started growing rapidly, to the point it appeared abnormally big. Nonetheless, the mother made sense of the condition by claiming that the father had a big head. Thus, the mother did not seek medical attention. According to Hazlett et al. (2017), an enlarged head is manifest of an enlarged brain, which is one of the foremost symptoms of ASD during the first early childhood years.
Between one and five years, Bolden showed a sense of independence by becoming more assertive and initiative, which corresponds with the important event outlined by Erikson in the locomotor stage between three and six years (Psychology Charts, n.d.b). However, the child also showed a set of problematic behaviors that align with the early symptoms of autism. For example, at two years, he did not develop the level of excitement that others showed whenever he was with his peers. Instead, the boy showed a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment and interest with his friends. At three years, Bolden stopped reaching out to other children. Rather, he started playing alone, mostly in the house.
At four years, the Bolden portrayed marked impairment, making eye-to-eye contact with family members and people familiar to him. The parents got concerned when Bolden was five years when the boy, unlike his peers, found it difficult to make a meaningful sentence. The mother was also alerted as Bolden became repetitive, especially when sounding words. Therefore, she had her child screened by Dr. Hernandez, who diagnosed Bolden with ASD after applying the DSM-5 framework. Just like Kałużna-Czaplińska, Żurawicz, and Jóźwik-Pruska (2018) reveal, the physician claimed that genes had influenced the pathogenesis of the condition. Dr. Hernandez quoted the price of an intervention, but Bolden’s mother could not afford it. Therefore, she promised him she would source enough money so that therapy could begin.
Bolden’s developed between 6 and 12 years
Unfortunately, Bolden’s mother found it difficult to accumulate enough medical funds. Therefore, Bolden’s condition went unmanaged between six and 12 years. According to Kok, Aartsen...
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