An Introduction This clinical forum is about adolescents. Adolescents are individuals who are establishing their identities, making career choices, learning how to think about their thinking, and realizing the potential of adult communication (Larson & McKinley, 1987). In Western society, the time span between the ages of 12 to 20 years ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   January 01, 1993
An Introduction
 
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  • Vicki Lord Larson
    University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • Nancy L. McKinley
    Thinking Publications, Eau Claire, WI
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Development / Language Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Clinical Forum: Adolescent Language
Clinical Forum   |   January 01, 1993
An Introduction
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1993, Vol. 24, 19-20. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2401.19
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1993, Vol. 24, 19-20. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2401.19
This clinical forum is about adolescents. Adolescents are individuals who are establishing their identities, making career choices, learning how to think about their thinking, and realizing the potential of adult communication (Larson & McKinley, 1987). In Western society, the time span between the ages of 12 to 20 years is called adolescence.Mitchell (1979), however, argues that adolescence covers too many years and too much growth to be considered one developmental period. He subdivides adolescence into three stages: Stage I—early adolescence/child-adolescence; Stage II—middle adolescence/adolescence (the middle adolescence stage most closely resembling the typical image of adolescents); and Stage 3—late adolescence/adult-adolescence (see Appendix). Mitchell emphasizes that the differences between early and late adolescence are profound and that professionals should treat these differences with more respect. Mitchell uses chronological age clusters for each stage but notes the overlap between the upper limits of one age group and the lower limits of the next.
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