Child Development Lesson 11

There is 2 parts. A discussion and an Assignment…


Step 1: Describe physical and cognitive changes that occur during adolescence.

In the first part of your discussion post, describe at least three physical and/or cognitive changes that occur during adolescence. With your description of each major change, please discuss the following:

  • What change occurs and why does it happen during adolescence?
  • How do an adolescent’s gender and culture affect the way they experience the change?
  • What challenges are associated with these changes?

Use specific information from the text to develop and support your response. Cite appropriately.

Step 2: Outline support strategies.

Think about the three or more physical and cognitive changes in adolescence that you discuss in the first part of your post. Then, respond to the question:

  • How, specifically, can teachers and parents support adolescents as they endure these changes and their associated challenges?

Outline at least one support strategy for each developmental change that you discuss.

Cite all sources appropriately.



  • One 10-15 slide PowerPoint presentation.
  • One 1-2 page (250-500 word) annotated resource guide for parents and adolescents.

Step 1: Design a 10-15 slide PowerPoint presentation for an audience of parents who have adolescent children.

Drawing on knowledge gained through Lesson 11 materials and Chapters 11 and 12 in our course text book, design a presentation on adolescent development, risky behaviors, and intervention strategies for an audience of parents who have adolescent children.

Your presentation should answer the following questions:

  • What changes in physical and cognitive development are their children experiencing at this point in their lives?
  • What risky behaviors might adolescent children engage in, and why?
  • What warning signs indicate that adolescent children are at risk?
  • What strategies can parents implement to intervene in risky behaviors and support their children?

Since there is a lot of content in our lesson this week, you are going to have to make some choices to focus your presentation. Do not attempt to cover every aspect of development and risk. Rather, select a few connected points upon which to focus your presentation and develop these points with supportive details. Use content from the text book and Lesson 11 materials to support the information in your presentation. Cite all sources appropriately.

Step 2: Research and compile an annotated Resource Guide for parents and adolescents.

Once you have designed a focused, detailed presentation on adolescent development, risk, and intervention strategies for an audience of parents, compile an annotated resource guide for parents and adolescents based on the specific topics addressed in your presentation.

Begin by conducting informal Internet research on the topics that you address in your presentation. For instance, if you discuss eating disorders, research to find support services and intervention strategies for adolescent children who struggle with this challenge. Your goal is to find at least five sources of information and support that you can compile and annotate for parents and adolescents.

Once you have located five helpful, applicable resources, cite each one appropriately so that parents and adolescents will know how to locate the resource. After each resource citation, provide a brief 3-5 sentence annotation (summary) of what the resource is and how it is useful for parents and adolescent children who experience a particular life challenge.