Beginning at puberty, adolescence is the transition from childhood to adulthood. It’s a time of many changes, physically, socially, emotionally, as well as changes in the brain. Research can help us better understand why more risk-taking can occur during this stage of development.
Adolescence is a time of changes. Many things influence taiohi while they make the transition from tamaiti to adult. Relationships with parents, and other adults, are foundational to their health and wellbeing.
Adolescence is a time of growth and change. There is a lot to learn in the transition from childhood to adulthood. Parents, whānau and other adults play a vital role in the lives of tamariki, influencing their development. Research shows us that adults continue to be just as important throughout adolescence, and that their support can make a huge difference to the lives of taiohi/adolescents.
To better support rangatahi, it helps to understand what’s going on in their brains, their bodies, their social circles, and their world. There is much discussion about adolescent risk-taking behaviour. Research has provided some insights to help us understand what is going on during this time of rapid change, and why we might see rangatahi trying new things and taking risks.
Adolescence is a time of incredible development for our rangatahi; with many new skills and opportunities. There are often also some challenges. Undergoing this development through a pandemic has created additional challenges for many. The good news is that there are a number things that can support rangatahi well-being.
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Adolescence, which starts with puberty and ends in the early to mid-twenties, is a period of amazing development in many areas, including the brain. There are many changes and opportunities, and some vulnerabilities. Their experiences during this time will influence their development. One important factor is the amount of sleep they get.
The quantity and quality of early language that tamariki experience affects their development. Chatting, singing and telling stories, for example, are all positive for their learning. Shared reading, where parents and whānau read with tamaiti, is also an important tool.