How Do Developmental Challenges Impede a Child’s Growth?
What determines a child’s ability to meet challenges academically, physically, socially, or emotionally is the belief in their own ability to master an obstacle when it’s presented. A child who struggles to overcome difficult situations repeatedly often becomes anxious and hesitant under future similar conditions. This can result in low self-confidence for other endeavors and poor self-image overall. Consequently, the child may avoid challenging situations altogether or engage them with intense stress and apprehension. Since stress and anxiety directly impede learning and development, what ensues is a vicious cycle of developmental challenges that trigger anxiety, which in turn, interferes with the child’s learning, self-esteem, and fundamental growth.