What are the characteristics of the children and youth with whom you work? What are the stages of faith development for all ages? What are people ready to learn? How do people learn best? And how can we help, encourage, and support everyone?
Stages of Social-Emotional Development – Erik Erikson (article)
Developmental Stages of Children and Youth (website from Big Brother Big Sister of America)
Developmental Characteristics and Interests (website from Lawrence University)
Stages of Adolescent Development (video - Dr. Chap Clark)
Early Adolescents (video - Dr. Chap Clark)
Middle Adolescents (video - Dr. Chap Clark)
Late Adolescents (video - Dr. Chap Clark)
Who are our children and youth?
Videos from Princeton Theological Seminary
The Effects of Systemic Abandonment (Dr. Chap Clark)
Characteristics of High School Students - Rev. Dr. Yolanda Smith
Characteristics of Junior High Students - Rev. Dr. Yolanda Smith
Recommended Books on Youth Culture
All Grown Up and No Place to Go: Teenagers in Crisis - by David Elkind
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls - by Mary Pipher
How Faith Develops (by Maren Lilja of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota)
Spiritual Well-Being for Older Adults (article from Episcopal Church Foundation)
Not everyone develops as the charts tell us to. I believe that everyone should be treated as an individual, and everyone is special. There are also some ways and techniques that we can implement to work best with some of the special needs.
Rhythms of Grace: Worship and Faith-Formation For Children and Families with Special Needs - by Audrey Scanlan & Linda Snyder
Child by Child: Supporting Children with Learning Differences and Their Families - by Susan Richardson
Special Needs: Creating an Inclusive Church Culture (article on Building Faith)