Middle Childhood Development
In middle childhood development, the age category is five or six to approximately 11 years old. During this time, the growth and development of the child are continuous. This developmental growth consists of increased physical, cognitive, and motor skills. This is often the time when parents or caregivers may have concerns with the child’s physical, emotional, and social developments. During this middle childhood developmental stage, the child may encounter outside influences from their peers, and personality and emotions increase in their ability to define themselves through internal and social characteristics. The social worker can be of great assistance to parents, family, schools, and communities when seeking an understating of middle childhood children. Therefore, the social worker must identify, assess, and apply appropriate practice knowledge to assist with intervention to support the client.