Functional Emotional Development

Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities

Basic Chart

Use the following chart (scroll down) to help you assess your child's emotional development. These core six functional emotional developmental capacities are key in the development of a person's capacity for engagement, relating, communicating, thinking, and reasoning.

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FEDC Basic Chart v122.pdf

**Not under Stress: Children sometimes do not show some of the above abilities when under stress (e.g. hunger, anger, fatigue). In these stress situations it is better to help them to self-regulate (capacity 1) before helping them to move up the developmental ladder (move into the next stages). Click here for a pdf version of this chart.