Children and young people at different developmental stages have different needs and strengths. This page focuses on the middle years — ages 7 to 12 — a unique and rich developmental stage where children’s brains, bodies as well as their social and inner worlds are changing rapidly.

Why the middle years matter

The middle years is an opportune time to identify and address emerging mental health issues. Children are primed for learning and are surrounded by many protective factors that can be strengthened to promote mental health. Early identification and timely intervention during this stage can have long-term, positive impacts on a child’s future mental health and wellness.


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