This section is on Emotional Development of elementary and middle schoolers – about 6 to 12 years old.
This is a period of slow and steady emotional growth. Many systems are involved in emotional development, including the brain, cognitive development, and physical maturity. It’s a period of increasing independence and identity formation as latency age children establish a broader sense of self, develop relationships and friendships outside of the home and hone in on their capacity to be as competent as possible.
After discussing typical development we’ll move on to the effects of trauma on emotional development.
We will follow these introductory sections with a discussion about ways to address the effects of trauma as students develop and mature.