We’ll begin this section on Social Development discussing normal or typical development for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Social development during this period prepares children for the complexities of adolescent relationships and typically takes place under the watchful eye of adult caregivers.
We’ll then move on to the impact of trauma on social development and discuss ways to provide relationship based practices for trauma informed care. We will follow these introductory sections with suggestions of things you can do to help promote social development, beginning with the use of physicality, then thinking, relationships, and lastly, feelings. You’ll come to understand that trauma affects all aspects of development—those that we can see on the body and those that are buried deep in the mind and brain.