The aim of this article is to provide an overview of what changes you can expect to see in your high schooler, or a child who is between 14 and 18 years-old. These changes will occur across all developmental domains: motor; cognitive; language and social-emotional.
High school students will demonstrate more independence and may spend less time with their parents. High school is critical time in the life of your child. It is considered by some to be last stage before they reach adulthood (although there is evidence that full cognitive maturity is not reached until the early twenties); and as such, there is still a lot of growing and development to be done, both physically and especially emotionally. Just like middle schoolers, high schoolers will reach maturity at a different pace and in strikingly varied ways.
If you do feel that your child may be struggling, or has missed more than one milestone, then it’s probably a good idea to consult your pediatrician or family doctor for more insight and information.
Most children in this age range may:
Most children in this age range can:
High schoolers may be more aware of what their peers think of them.
At 14 or 15, children in this age range:
Between 15 and 17, children may:
It’s important to recognize that human development is a delicate process; and it’s never the same for every child. If you do feel concern for your child’s developmental trajectory, then by all means consult a medical professional for an opinion.
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