Albert Bandura, the social learning theorist, asserts that most human behavior is learned through observation, imitation, and modeling. This causes a child to develop an attachment to specific models that possess qualities typically seen as rewarding.
He says children will have several models with whom they identify. These may be people in their immediate world, such as parents, older siblings, fantasy characters, or people in the media. The motivation to identify with a particular model is that they have a quality the individual would like to possess.
For the first few years of Rose’s life, she stayed in a company of babies in a shelter with house mothers coming in and going out. All she was allowed to see were toddlers and the wall surrounding her. Her isolation created a huge barrier, threatening her development. Thank God for the shelter that protected her and kept her fed, clothed, and loved! But, Rose was growing, and it was time for her to be placed with a family.
She was diagnosed with a developmental delay, but the change of scenery coupled with the company of age-mates and older siblings worked wonders for Rose. When she first arrived at the Beautiful Dream Society Children’s Homes, she spoke with difficulty, but now she is the greatest storyteller of all. She sings and dances for her siblings and enjoys taking selfies.
Rose has been having fun joining her new family in harvesting the peaches that grow abundantly on the peach trees at the property of the BDS Children’s Homes. The children have learned to dry and can the delicious peaches.
Rose’s BDS teacher says there has been a significant improvement in her schoolwork compared to when she first arrived at BDS. Her BDS Mother says, “We are grateful for what God is doing in the life of Rose.”