Social Development


We’ll begin this section on Social Development discussing normal development for elementary and middle schoolers. Social Development under this period prepares children for the complexity of adolescence relationships and typically takes places under the watchful eye of adult caregivers.

We’ll then move on to the impact of trauma on Social Development, we will follow this section with suggestions of things you and do to help promote Social Development.

Starting school brings children into regular contact with the larger world. Having independence from their family becomes more important now, as children become increasingly motivated by the opinions of their peers. As a result, children begin to develop their abilities to communicate verbally and non-verbally, and perhaps, more importantly, to understand what others are communicating.