Our course textbook describes the case study of Genie. For this week’s discussion, consider this case in light of Genie’s inability, after being rescued, to fully catch-up to the enormous language growth seen in children her age not tragically isolated as she was, what do you think this implies about the existence of a sensitive period for language development? Second, let’s talk about the ethics of this situation. The work with Genie following her rescue from a childhood of brutal deprivation raised controversy regarding whether her best interests were considered foremost in decisions about who would provide her care. Share you thoughts here about that situation, including both pros and cons related to the decision about where she would reside. How important was your extended family to you and your parents or caregivers during your early childhood years? Share your view of the role of the extended family today as opposed to your own early years.
The book we are using in class is: Dacey, J. S., Travers, J. F., & Fiore, L. (2008). Human development across the lifespan. McGraw Hill Publishing.