Teenage years

Milestones for the Development of Speech Language Skills
During the adolescent stage, young people begin to develop their identity, independence from their family, and establish career plans and moral values. In adolescence, youngsters develop communication skills for academic and social needs. During this stage, communication skills become sophisticated and the young linguistic system approximates the adult form. The metalinguistic area of nonliteral or figurative uses of language develops significantly including idioms, metaphors, proverbs, and humor. By the end of this stage, young adults focus their language skills on attaining social and vocational purposes.

Milestones for the Development of Motor Skills
The gross motor skills in teens are fully developed by this time. They are able to walk, run, jump, and throw and fully participating in sports and physical activity at large.
Boys do continue to improve more motor skills until their early 20's. In contrast, girls make modest gains in their motor skills until about 14 years of age unless they are training for something in particular that makes their fine and gross motor skills improve.

Milestones for the Development of Fine Motor Skills
The teenage years bring the development of greater dexterity in fingers for fine tasks - just watch a teenager text!

This greater dexterity also finds expression in activities like knitting, sewing, experimenting with the arts, and an enjoyment of crafts.

Keep in mind that fine motor skills can differ between teenage boys and girls.
School-age children ages 8 to 12 are expected to have mastered hand and eye coordination, be able to help with household chores, such as sweeping, mopping, and dusting; care for pets; draw, paint, and engage in making crafts.

Milestones for Social Emotional Development
The ages from 13 to 18 are an exciting time of life. However, they can be challenging for teens (and their parents as well!), considering that much of teens' emotional and social growth is about finding their place in the world. They are trying to figure out "Who am I?" and "How do I fit in?" So it is normal for their emotions to change from day to day.

For parents, the teen years are a time to get to know their teenager. While teens are maturing, they still need a parent's love and guidance. Most do just fine as they face the challenges of being a teen. But it is still important for teens to have good support from their parents so that they can get through these years with as few problems as possible.