The purpose of this thesis is to examine the impact of environmental, educational, and household chaos on the development of an atypically developing child. The study evaluates the contribution and change of parental stress during the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures. Following Case Study methodology, this is an in-depth evaluation of one mother and child's experience, including data analysis of the child's social, emotional, and cognitive development before and after chaos. The results of this case study identified the development of a child before and after chaotic events occurred. Parental stress was also identified as a contributing factor in the results of this study. The results implicate that school systems are a vital piece to the support, management, and growth of healthy child development in atypical children. Results further suggest that parental stress and chaos play a key role in the healthy social-emotional development of a child. Results suggest that cognitive development benefits from smaller group interactions, rather than large, classroom sized, interactions.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
School of Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Development
Brown, Sarah, "The Impact of Unexpected Chaos on the Development of a Child with Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Delays: A Case Study" (2020). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 827.