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Normal Development: 11 Years Old

Physical Development

  • May experience growth spurt if female (usually a year or two later for males).
  • May tire easily and appear lazy.
  • May look out of proportion.
  • Is preoccupied with and self-conscious about appearance.
  • Appetite may fluctuate sharply.
  • Enjoys observing or participating in competitive sports.
  • Is keenly interested in learning about body changes.
  • May be curious about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

Emotional Development

  • May be experiencing sudden, dramatic, emotional changes associated with puberty.
  • Vacillates between maturity one moment, immaturity the next.
  • Tends to conceal feelings.
  • Is hard on self and ultrasensitive to criticism.

Social Development

  • Wants parents' help, but may resist when offered.
  • Is critical of parents.
  • Is concerned with prestige and popularity.
  • Likes to belong to a group and be like others.
  • Becomes quite faddish.
  • Prefers to spend time on weekends with friends.
  • Friendships may change due to different levels of maturity.
  • Is very aware of the opposite sex.

Mental Development

  • Has an increasing attention and concentration span.
  • Strives to succeed.
  • Has strong opinions.
  • Begins to understand other peoples' motives.

These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general progression through the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and other milestones later than the general trend.

If you have any concerns related to your child's own pattern of development, check with your health care provider.

Written by Donna Warner Manczak, PhD, MPH and Robert Brayden, MD.
Published by McKesson Provider Technologies.
Last modified: 2006-10-05
Last reviewed: 2006-04-27
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
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