We’ll begin this section on Social Development discussing normal or typical development starting with young teens. Adolescence is the period of the developmental transition between childhood and adulthood. It involves changes in personality, as well as in physical, intellectual and social development. During this time of enormous change, teens are faced with a multitude of issues and decisions that have an enormous impact on a teen’s social development.
We’ll then move on to the impact of trauma on social development. We will follow these introductory sections with suggestions on ways to use relationship-based practices for trauma-informed care to help them overcome the effects of trauma, 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.