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Eleven Year Olds

Below you will find a list of characteristics for typical eleven year olds. Keep in mind that not all children develop at the same time and will progress through these stages at their own pace. However, if you have concerns about your child’s development, it is important to talk with your child’s doctor. 

 

Characteristics of a Typical Eleven Year Old

May tire easily and seem lazy                                Likes to belong to a group and be

                                                                            like others

 

Is self-conscious and thinks                                   Is concerned with popularity

a lot about appearance

 

Appetite may fluctuate sharply                              Friends may change based on

                                                                            levels of maturity

 

Able to pay attention and concentrate                    Follows trends and fads

for longer periods of time

 

Strives to succeed                                                 May experience sudden and

                                                                            dramatic emotional changes

 

Wants parents’ help but may                                   Goes back and forth between

resist when offered                                                being mature one minute and

         immature the next

 

Is critical of parents                                             Tends to hide feelings

 

Has strong opinions                                                 Is hard on self and sensitive to

                                                                             criticism

 

Taken from:  http://www.childrenshealthnetwork.org/CRS/CRS/pa_develeyr_pep.htm

Learning Activities

 

Eleven Year Olds

·         Provide support and encouragement for child as he/she tries out new skills

·         Set limits, but provide opportunities for independence whenever possible

·         Help child set the rules and decide own responsibilities; Give child opportunity to make decisions

·         Recognize child’s need to be a part of the group. Help child evaluate morals of the group

·         Be aware of the values of the group and help child understand the consequences of his/her own choices within the group

·         Avoid becoming defensive and overreacting to child’s quick change in emotion and moodiness

·         Help child evaluate his/her own work more objectively

Taken from:  http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/fosterparents/training/cdevguid/cdg13.htm#PHYSICAL

 

 

 

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