Functional Health

In this assignment, you will be exploring actual and potential health problems
in the childhood years using Gordon’s functional health assessment. To
complete this assignment, do the following:

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  2. Using the textbook, complete the “Children’s Functional Health Pattern
    Assessment.” Follow the instructions in the resource for completing the
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    Children’s Functional Health Pattern Assessment

Functional Health
Pattern Assessment
(FHP)

Toddler
Erickson’s Developmental Stage:

Preschool-Aged
Erickson’s Developmental Stage:

School-Aged
Erickson’s Developmental Stage:

Pattern of Health
Perception and Health
Management:
List two normal assessment findings
that would be characteristic for each
age group.

List two potential problems that a nurse
may discover in an assessment of each
age group.

  1. Toddlers can develop
    trust or mistrust in their
    parents.
  2. Toddlers rely on their
    caregivers for comfort and
    protection
  3. Children begin to
    explore their
    surroundings.
  4. Children begin to
    develop interests in
    various activities.
  5. Children continue to
    become more aware of
    themselves as individuals.
  6. They also understand
    more about their
    environment e.g time and
    space.
  7. The toddler lacks trust
    due to abandonment from
    care givers.
  8. Children lag in
    development meant for
    their stages.
  9. Lack of interest in
    activities common among
    preschoolers.
  10. Withdrawal and
    isolation from other
    peers.
  11. Slow in learning school
    work.
  12. Some children may
    have self-esteem issues
    due to early
    developmental problems.

Nutritional-Metabolic
Pattern:
List two normal assessment findings
that would be characteristic for each
age group.

List two potential problems that a nurse
may discover in an assessment of each
age group.

  1. Children at this stage
    are fed with soft foods.
  2. They eat little amounts
    but several meals in a day.
  3. They become capable
    of eating a wider variety
    of foods since they are
    developing.
  4. Children add eat more
    quotients of foods since
    they become more active.
  5. Children may begin to
    be selective on what they
    are eating.
  6. A nurse will realize
    children have different
    perception about nutrition.
  7. Malnutrition disorders
    due to lack of proper
    feeding.
  8. Slowness in physical
    development due to
    malnutrition.
  9. Difficulties in eating
    due to lack of appetite.
  10. A significant priority
    in snacks rather than
    nutritious foods.
  11. Nutritional disorders
    such as anorexia and
    obesity.
  12. Lack of confidence
    caused by nutritional
    problems.

Pattern of Elimination:
List two normal assessment findings
that would be characteristic for each
age group.

List two potential problems that a nurse
may discover in an assessment of each
age group.

  1. Toddlers will detach
    from negligent people.
  2. The process of
    elimination may be
    gradual.
  3. They also carry out
    elimination process
    gradually.
  4. Some may take too
    long or too fast.
  5. Since they have self
    awareness, they choose
    what and how to
    eliminate.
  6. Elimination pattern
    might be influenced by
    guardians.
  7. Some toddlers might
    take too long before they
    implement elimination
    process.
  8. Not all toddlers will
    eliminate people who are
    negligent to them.
  9. Some children might
    not have eliminated some
    things due to lack of
    influence.
  10. Other will experience
    a slow process in
    eliminating some things
    due to lack of motivation.
  11. Some children might be
    reluctant to eliminate
    some things they are
    supposed to.
  12. Due to lack of an
    effective elimination
    pattern, development is
    negatively affected.

Pattern of Activity and
Exercise:
List two normal assessment findings
that would be characteristic for each
age group.

List two potential problems that a nurse
may discover in an assessment of each
age group.

  1. Toddlers begin
    movements such as
    walking on their own.
  2. Activities and exercises
    are characterized with
    injuries.
  3. Children learn games
    and how to play with
    toys.
  4. Parents or caregivers
    participate in the
    activities of these
    children.
  5. Children participate in
    sports and may develop a
    pattern of daily exercise.
  6. Most of these children
    develop interest in one
    specific sport or activity
    and concentrate on it.
  7. Late locomotion
    development that might be
    due to poor nutrition.
  8. Resistance in learning
    activities due to mistrust.
  9. Lack of interest in
    playing with peers.
  10. Slow learning of
    common activities such
    as using the bathroom on
    their own.
  11. Lack of interest in
    social activities due to
    self-esteem issues.
  12. Poor academic
    performance due to lack
    of healthy social activities.

Cognitive/Perceptual
Pattern:
List two normal assessment findings
that would be characteristic for each
age group.

List two potential problems that a nurse
may discover in an assessment of each
age group.

  1. Toddlers express
    innocent behavior in what
    they do. For instance,
    crying when hungry.
  2. They express a certain
    level of curiosity leading
    them to do wrong and
    dangerous things.
  3. Children learn more
    activities such as talking,
    using bathroom and
    eating on their own.
  4. They develop more
    interest in their
    environment hence;
    explore more (Jarvis,
    2008).
  5. Develop more cognition
    and they can learn more in
    school.
  6. Children continue to
    understand their
    personality better and
    make more personal
    decisions.
  7. Dullness and lack of
    interest in toddler-related
    activities.
  8. Mistrust and lack of
    confidence.
  9. Lagging in
    developmental stages of
    this level.
  10. Withdrawal and
    isolation.
  11. Poor performance in
    academic work.
  12. Lack of interest in
    understanding their
    environment.

Pattern of Sleep and Rest:
List two normal assessment findings
that would be characteristic for each
age group.

List two potential problems that a nurse
may discover in an assessment of each
age group.

  1. Toddlers sleep for long
    hours during the day
    (Jarvis, 2008).
  2. A large number of them
    wake up once or severally
    during the night.
  3. Hours of sleep reduce
    during the day due to
    engagement in more
    activities.
  4. Majority of them take
    a nap especially in the
    afternoon.
  5. They only sleep at night
    since day time they are at
    school.
  6. They are capable of
    staying awake late at night
    or waking up early hours.
  7. Sleeping less hours if
    they have a problem such
    as illness.
  8. Toddlers could also
    sleep for long unusual
    hours if they are ill.
  9. Children at this age
    might be unable to rest
    due to a distractive
    environment.
  10. Lack of adequate rest
    and sleep will affect
    overall growth and
    development.
  11. Children can sleep
    unusually long hours if
    they are stressed.
  12. They could also be
    uneasy due to various
    problems they are
    experiencing.

Pattern of Self-Perception
and Self-Concept:
List two normal assessment findings
that would be characteristic for each
age group.

List two potential problems that a nurse
may discover in an assessment of each
age group.

  1. Toddlers do not have
    much sense of self
    perception or concept.
  2. They will engage in any
    activity whether feminine
    or masculine.
  3. They begin to
    understand themselves
    more.
  4. They develop interest
    in certain activities such
    as subjects, sports or
    games.
  5. Children are conscious
    about their outward
    image.
  6. They take time to
    understand their interest
    and what they want.
  7. Expressing no sense of
    self perception and
    concept at all.
  8. Lack of interest in any
    activity.
  9. Passive life with no
    engagements.
  10. Lack interest in self
    perception (Jarvis, 2008).
  11. Lack of hobbies, friends
    or participation in social
    activities.
  12. Paying no attention to
    personal hygiene or
    outward expression.

Role-Relationship Pattern:
List two normal assessment findings
that would be characteristic for each
age group.

List 2 potential problems that a nurse
may discover in an assessment of each
age group.

  1. Toddlers trust their
    caregivers for protection
    and comfort.
  2. They will develop
    mistrust if they are
    neglected.
  3. They establish a close
    relationship with family
    members.
  4. They also begin to
    make friends.
  5. Children can be
    allocated duties at home.
  6. They are capable of
    establishing relationships
    with opposite gender.
  7. Neglected toddlers will
    distance themselves from
    people who try to be close
    to them.
  8. They develop
    relationship problem even
    in their later life.
  9. Difficulty in relating
    with family.
  10. Difficulties in
    following instructions
    from caregivers.
  11. Children might develop
    relationship problems at
    home, school and in the
    society.
  12. Resistance of taking up
    roles at home or school.

Sexuality – Reproductive
Pattern:
List two normal assessment findings
that would be characteristic for each
age group.

List two potential problems that a nurse
may discover in an assessment of each
age group.

  1. They are not aware of
    their sexuality.
  2. They do not know their
    gender.
  3. They might be born as
    transgendered children.
  4. This issue will cause
    difficulties in determining
    actual sexuality
  5. Their characters
    become more defined.
  6. Regardless of the
    gender they interact
    freely.
  7. Some children might
    not have defined
    character as per their
    gender.
  8. Some might not
    understand exactly their
    gender.
  9. They become fully
    aware of their sexuality.
  10. Children begin to
    develop attraction to the
    opposite gender.
  11. A large number of
    children lack control of
    their sexuality and might
    engage in irresponsible
    actions.
  12. Sexuality is likely to
    make these children have
    wrong priorities.

Pattern of Coping and
Stress Tolerance:
List two normal assessment findings
that would be characteristic for each
age group.

List two potential problems that a nurse
may discover in an assessment of each
age group.

  1. Toddlers cope by
    responding with crying.
  2. They could also cope
    by trusting or mistrusting
    caregivers, depending on
    their relationship.
  3. Children could cope
    by interacting with the
    environment (Jarvis,
    2008).
  4. They can also cope by
    withdrawal and isolation.
  5. Children are likely to
    talk to people they trust
    about their stressors.
  6. They could also cope
    by engaging in fun
    activities.
  7. Toddlers cannot make a
    definite way of expressing
    apart from crying.
  8. In case of mistrust, this
    will affect the child’s
    development.
  9. Children at this stage
    might also suffer
    depression.
  10. If this happens, they
    will be unable to cope
    with the rest of activities
    in their lives.
  11. If unable to cope they
    can commit suicide.
  12. They might also suffer
    depression if they are
    unable to cope.

Pattern of Value and
Beliefs:
List two normal assessment findings
that would be characteristic for each
age group.

List two potential problems that a nurse
may discover in an assessment of each
age group.

  1. Toddlers begin value
    and belief from the
    relationship with
    caregivers.
    2.They believe and value
    their caregivers
  2. As these children grow
    they value and believe
    what their care givers tell
    them.
  3. The environment is
    also a determinant of
    their beliefs and values.
  4. They might choose
    what to believe and value
    and not necessary be
    influenced by others.
  5. Parents, teachers and
    the rest of society have a
    role in influencing what
    they value and believe.
  6. Difficulty in
    establishing values and
    beliefs of toddlers due to
    their tender age.
  7. They might be having
    mistrust due to
    negligence.
  8. Some children might
    have no values and
    negative beliefs due to
    environment.
  9. They are unable to
    distinguish between good
    and negative values or
    beliefs.
  10. They might choose
    negative beliefs and
    values regardless of their
    awareness.
  11. Some lack guidance in
    choosing what to believe
    and value.

Short Answer Questions

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Address the following based on the above assessment findings. Expected answers will be
1-2 paragraphs in length. Cite and reference outside sources used.
Question 1

There is a significant between toddlers and preschoolers. This is because their
ages are close to each other. Toddlers move from this stage to preschool stage, which is
like a transition. Preschoolers are still experiencing an overall growth so; their responses
will only be advanced from those of toddlers (Jarvis, 2008). However, there is a
difference between these two groups because preschoolers have better understanding than
toddlers. The greatest difference is between toddlers and school going children. Their
assessment is different because school going children are more developed and grown than
toddler. They have a better understanding.
Question 2

Adult assessment in communication and education would involve more complex
details since adults have the highest understanding and intelligence. On the other hand,
children have simpler personalities since they are still developing (Jarvis, 2008). Adults
have established detailed spiritual and cultural beliefs hence; assessment will be detailed.
Children have not established personal spiritual and cultural lives. They follow what their
guardians believe and practice. Their assessment should not involve complexity in this
area.

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References

Jarvis, C. (2008). Physical examination

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