Sophie's Case Study

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Sophie's Case Study

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Analysis and Discussion3

Cognitive Analysis of Sophie4



3-Concrete Operational4

Lines and Scribbles5

Feetless Picture5

Use of Multitude Colours5

Depiction of family5

Emotional Analysis of Sophie7




Appendix A12

Appendix B18

Report on Sophie's Case Study


The paper highlights the case study of a child Sophie, who is 6 years and 6 months of age. Sophie reads in Year 1. Sophie was selected as the subject of this case study because of the drawing, writing, reading conversation and calculation approaches. She had sketched a caterpillar which has its number of meanings in it. Writing, comprehension and drawing are some of the best tools from which the counsellor can learn about the mental and emotional state of a child. In the case of Sophie, we need to deeply analyse the psychological facts about her life, her upbringing, her satisfaction level, her family relationship and her friendship level. It has been observed that child uses linguistic power as a secondary source after the primary expression of images. Child expressed their feelings more easily through paintings and drawings. However Sophie had difficulty in calculating even numbers in sequence: however, she could count the numbers till 20 in sequence.


The mental state of Sophie is purely depicted by her drawings, games that she plays and the way of writing and talking. Sophie is completely involved in whatever she does. It is the state of intense, enthusiastic mental activity exemplified with maintained focus and intrinsic motivation. Extremely involved kids like Sophie work at their fullest mental capacity that leads them to changes in responding ways and comprehension that results in deep learning. Sophie's involvement can be determined by her vocal, facial and emotional expressions and her level of energy and focus along with care that she applies in her activity. Moreover, she brings in creative and complex things in the situation. All these activities of Sophie can be easily understood by psychologists and teachers of Sophie. Her drawing portrays the perception of friends and family relationship and her core nature of connectedness which is explained by Pavlov's approach. We should notice that disorganised or impaired drawings of child contains deep psychology in it, and offers the chance to learn about their intellectual science. In her drawing an element of animism is observed. She has portrayed that bird as a living being and it can sense (Piagets, 1929). Her way of speaking and writing also shows her psychological behaviour. According to Paul Watzlawick, communication is all behaviour, except that silence is a kind of communication as a loud conversation. His theory recommends that as behaviour does not have any opposite, all that an individual does or says and that he doos not do is some kind of communication (Retrieved from

The idea that intelligence is something that you can measure, test and quantify has its origins in nineteenth-century theories related to education and psychology that have dominated much twentieth-century thinking about not only intelligence but the construction of education systems, setting, streaming, the design of curricula and the array of different types of schools that ...