Topic 4 Challenges in Elementary School Children and Implications for Communication

  • Impulsivity and Aggression
  • Social difficulties 

Social – Emotional Developmental Milestones in Elementary School Children

Enjoy playing with other kids and are more conversational and independent

Test boundaries but are still eager to please and help out

Begin to understand what it means to feel embarrassed

Are more aware of others’ perceptions

May complain about friendships and other kids’ reactions

Want to behave well, but aren’t as attentive to directions

Try to express feelings with words, but may resort to aggression when upset

Share secrets and jokes with friends

May start to develop own identity by withdrawing from family activities and conversations

Are affectionate, silly, and curious, but can also be selfish, rude, and argumentative