Physical Development


We’ll begin this section on Physical Development discussing the typical physical development of school age children.

Children in this age group grow at a pretty steady pace but typically reach milestones at different rates.

You’ll learn about physical changes in coordination, neurological development as well as pre-pubertal signs, especially in girls.

We’ll then move on to the effects of trauma on physical development in this age group, including changes in growth, as well as changes in the brain as a result of trauma.

We’ll discuss ways to provide relationship based practices for trauma informed care.

We will follow these introductory sections with suggestions used to help promote physical development with traumatized children -beginning with the use of physicality to address the effects of trauma, then thinking, relationships, and lastly, feelings.  You’ll come to understand that trauma affects all aspects of development.