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All children will reach developmental milestones at different rates. The below chart is a small sampling of how your child may develop during each age group. You should discuss any concerns you may have about your child's development with his/her physician.



Middle Childhood to Adolescent Development


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  • Middle Childhood (6-8 years of age)
  • Show more independence from parents and family.
  • Start to think about the future.
  • Understand more about his/her place in the world.
  • Pay more attention to friends and teamwork.
  • Want to be liked and accepted by friends.
  • Show rapid development of mental skills.
  • Able to better discuss thoughts and feelings.
  • Less focused on self and more concern for others.
  • Young Teens (12-14 years of age)
  • Show more concern about body image, looks, and clothes.
  • Focus on themselves.
  • Experience more moodiness.
  • Show more interest in and influenced more by peer group.
  • Express less affection toward parents; sometimes might seem rude or short-tempered.
  • Feel stress from more challenging school work.
  • Have more ability for complex thought.
  • Able to better discuss feelings.
  • Develop a stronger sense of right or wrong.
  • Middle Childhood (9-11 years of age)
  • Start to form stronger, more complex friendships.
  • Becomes more emotionally important to have same sex friends.
  • Experience more peer pressure.
  • Become more aware of his/her body.
  • Body image and eating problems can begin at this age.
  • Face more academic challenges at school.
  • Become more independent from family.
  • Have increased attention span.
  • Teenagers (15-17 years of age)
  • Have more interest in the opposite sex.
  • Have less conflict with parents.
  • Show more independence from parents.
  • Have a deeper capacity for caring and sharing and for developing more intimate relationships.
  • Spend less time with parents and more time with friends.
  • Learn more defined work habits.
  • Show more concern about future school and work plans.
  • Able to give reasons to support their choices.
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