But how can you measure your child’s development in other areas?

The skills of emotional competence do not develop in isolation from each other and their progression is intimately tied to cognitive development. For example, insight into others’ emotions grows in interaction with expanding awareness of one’s own emotional experience, with one’s ability to empathize and with the capacity to understand causes of emotions and their behavioural consequences. Furthermore, as children learn about how and why people act as they do, they grow in their ability to infer what is going on for themselves emotionally.

The Development of Emotional Competence

To keep track of how your child’s physical skills are developing, you’ll want to:

Positive Development and Emotional Competence

My child:


Now that you understand some of the social and emotional skills your child should have, you can reinforce those skills and help him develop further where necessary.

Social & emotional development

Anyone can become traumatized. Even professionals who work with trauma, or other people close to a traumatized person, can develop symptoms of "vicarious" or "secondary" traumatization. Developing symptoms is never a sign of weakness. Symptoms should be taken seriously and steps should be taken to heal, just as one would take action to heal from a physical ailment. And just as with a physical condition, the amount of time or assistance needed to recover from emotional trauma will vary from one person to another.


Parental Influence on the Emotional Development of Children

• orced separation very early in life from primary caregiver;
• chronic mis-attunement of caregiver to child's attachment signals ("mal-attachment") or reasons such as physical or mental illness, depression or grief.

Ages & Stages - Child Development Institute

In addition, traumatic stress in childhood that influences the brain is caused by poor or inadequate relationship with a primary caretaker. Sources of this developmental or relational trauma include the following:

Physical, Emotional, Social, Cognitive, Cultural Development

Traditional approaches to treating emotional trauma include talk therapies, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - intentionally changing one's thoughts and actions - and systematic desensitization to reduce reactivity to a traumatic stressor. These approaches to healing trauma were developed without brain science information, and therefore have varying degrees of success.

Recent developments in the treatment of emotional trauma include new, effective forms of psychotherapy and somatic (body) therapies that were developed with new brain science information in mind. Although often intensely interpersonal, these therapies are also psychological and neurological in their focus and application. This group of therapies relies on innate instinctual resources, rather than medications, to bring about healing. They differ in some ways, but the one thing they have in common is combining talk therapy with a focus on the body. As with any therapy, but especially due to the intensity of the emotions involved, it is important to find a therapist with whom one feels trust and a strong bond. They include:

Emotional and Psychological Abuse in Children

The following additional symptoms of emotional trauma are commonly associated with a severe precipitating event, such as a natural disaster, exposure to war, rape, assault, violent crime, major car or airplane crashes, or child abuse. Extreme symptoms can also occur as a delayed reaction to the traumatic event.

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Growth spurts in girls and boys
Infant to 8 years old:
Communication & body gestures
Pragmatics developing
Major spurt, gain fluency in both speaking (signing) and understanding language
Fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination spurt
10-15 years old:
Frontal lobes of the cerebral cortex; logic & planning
Control spatial perception as well as sensory, language, and motor function

List three significant differences that you see in cognitive development between a girl and a boy
in 1st grade.

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For students with learning disabilities (LD), a sense of competence and ability (also known as self-efficacy) plays a vital role in their social and emotional development as well as academic achievement. Discover how educators can adapt their teaching style to support social and emotional development (including self-efficacy) in students with language-based LD.