Topic 5 Challenges in High School Children and Implications for Communication

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Drug/Alcohol Use

Social – Emotional Developmental Milestones in High School Children

Start thinking more logically

Are introspective and moody and need privacy

Value friends’ and others’ opinions more and more

May test out new ideas, clothing styles, and mannerisms while figuring out where/how to fit in

Strive to be independent and may start emotionally distancing from caregivers

Start trying to discover strengths and weaknesses, at times seeming self-centered, impulsive, or moody

Show pride in successes

Spend a lot of time with friends and may be interested in dating

Age 10Shows concern for a crying friend
Age 15Enjoys playing with other kinds and is more conversational and independent
Age 6Values friends’ and others’ opinions more and more
Age 3Shares secrets and jokes with friends

Hint!

Age 3 - Shows concern for a crying friend

Age 6 - Enjoys playing with other kinds and is more conversational and independent

Age 10 - Shares secrets and jokes with friends

Age 15 - Values friends’ and others’ opinions more and more

a) Unconditional love from family 

b) Self-confidence and high self-esteem

c) The opportunity to play with other children 

d) Access to educational toys

e) Encouraging teachers and supportive caregivers 

f) Safe and secure environment

g) All of the above

h) The factors a,b,c,e,f,g

Hint!

The right answer is h