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INTRODUCTION Adolescence is a time when our bodies our families our schools and the larger society demand that we change Our ability to think reason and make decisions changes dramatically as we grow older Adolescence is the transition into adulthood that is often considered a time of stress characterised by parent -child conflict However if parents and children can find compromise and adapt during this period of change it can be positive for both parents and their children building foundations for a deeper stronger relationship that will be of benefit to both parties DLT has further reinforced my belief that each teenager is an individual with a unique personality and special interests likes and dislikes In contrast to that individualism is the fact that there are also numerous developmental issues that every teenager faces during the adolescent years such as the adolescents move towards independence and increased freedom an increased ability to think ideas through increased self-reliance and an increased emphasis on personal dignity and self-esteem Adolescents are beginning the often confusing crossing of the threshold toward adult reasoningthinking DLT KEY LEARNINGS From Concrete To Formal Operations Jean Piaget developed the theory that the concrete operational stage occurs in children between the ages of 7 and 11 In this stage a person can do mental operations but only with real concrete objects events or situations Logical reasoning is understood For example a concrete operational person can understand the need to go to bed early when it is necessary to rise early the next morning they have little understanding of anything that they cannot see hear taste or touch Furthermore children view people as being rather constant Between the ages of 11 and 15 children enter the formal operational stage This period is characterised by the ability to perform abstract thinking and start to enjoy abstract thought formulate hypotheses without actually touching concrete or real objects and when more adept can
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