Just as physical growth can be interrupted by disease or lack of nutrients, developmental tasks can be interrupted by other events.
Most teens get through these developmental tasks pretty much on schedule and become mature adults. There are however, events that may happen in life of a teen that can delay or interrupt these processes.
Normal development is interrupted when one of these events happens because all energies are focused on the interruption and not on the developmental task.Example: If a teen must cope with a traumatic even such as the death of a family member, all his/her energies are used trying to understand and deal with that loss.
The recovery may take quite a long time. But once the developmental process has past normal development is regained After the trauma that interrupts the developmental process has passed.
When the initial grief begins to lessen and life begins to move forward, then the teen can return to normal activities that allow for normal development.Going back to school, seeing friends socially, playing on sports teams etc.
Using a 11” x 17” piece of blank paper, create your “Road Map” of life.Starting at birth and continue through today, chart major milestones that have occurred in your life thus far. Record obstacles or roadblocks you have encountered. These are the events that have led to your development and growth to where you are today.You must have at least 20 significant events. Some examples may be: your birth, starting school, moving, musical recitals, sporting events, joining a team or group, making or losing a friend, family events such as marriages, divorces, etc.Record your age at each event you draw on the map.If you wish to draw pictures or other symbols, feel free to do so.Be creative and have fun!You will be graded on the following:10 points for creating a road map of some kind1 point per event identified on the map = 20 points 10 points for neatness10 points for creativity50 points possible
Journal• What are some things that happen in our teenage years that can cause these years to be more difficult? Have you experienced anything that has made your teenager years more difficult?
Under normal conditions most teens develop intoresponsible adults.
• Physical growth interrupted by disease.• Developmental tasks interrupted by other events.
A. Crisis level traumasExamples:1. Death of a parent2. Parents getting divorced3. Death of a sibling or close friend4. Severe illness (Polio, Cancer, AIDS)
B. Living with abuseExamples: 1. Physical 2. Emotional/Verbal 3. Sexual