Predictors Of Successful Transition During Adolescence

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” Aristotle


Successful Transition
Adolescence is a time of transition from childhood to adulthood.  There are many physiological, emotional, and spiritual changes that teenagers experience as they try to find their place in the world.

During adolescence, children require lots of time, limit-setting, and connectedness/caring (TLC).  They need to feel like they belong.  I’ve always felt that structured activities are great for teen years, while unstructured free play should be encouraged in younger children.  Here are a few predictors of success that I have picked up in my readings.

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Don’t Get Hung Up On Labels

ADHD, PDD, ASD–Mental health labels are used to describe a growing number of disorders.  Are labels holding children back?

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I recently went into a classroom to work with one of my students. I asked him to perform a task and he responded with, “I have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder); I can’t focus.”  My response was, “ADHD? Sounds like a bunch of letters to me.”  He smiled, relaxed, and performed the series of tasks quite well.  We had a pretty good session.

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