Ages and stages, mere numbers and labels?

As we begin a new calendar month, some of us might be acquiring a new label when it comes to age. That pesky number – possibly, the only number – that can only go up in a person’s lifetime. The topic of this post is age and some common labels related to a person’s age, when it comes to coaching.

There does not seem to be one universally accepted nomenclature for how a person is categorized based on his/her age. The age of a student (or, coach for that matter) is an important consideration for a coaching engagement. Couple of examples in the real-world are (a) a parent expressing her intent to find the right Ballet coach for her "pre-schooler" (b) a Tennis coach explicitly advertising herself as offering private lessons for "grade-schoolers" and "teens" .. or, simply, for "youth".

Now, not all coaches or parents use labels when needing to communicate the age (or age group) of the student. They could be more specific like "my 4-year old" or "classes for students 6 years-and-above".

Also, some labels such as "Teen" and "Toddler" might be understood without any confusion.

Some labels have legal implications. In the US, 18 is the age when a child legally becomes an adult. Though most people might associate the age of 21 with adult. So when a coach offers 1-hour private lesson for an adult, is that for someone older than 18 or only 21?

There is no one answer that applies to ALL coaches for ALL pursuits (say, swimming, dance, yoga, piano, drawing) .. and, GLOBALLY. Age group and skill level are two important factors being considered in Wiztr to enable coaches and parents/students have engagement conversations around. Labels are useful only insofar as simplifying things versus complicating or confusing (in which case it shall be avoided).

For the stage of development of each age group, find below information on the labels specified by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Child Development

Age group †    | Stage
-------------  | -------------
0-1            | Baby (or Infant)
1-3            | Toddler
3-5            | Pre-schooler
5-12           | Grade-schooler (or School Age)
12-18          | Teen
18-21          | Young Adult
† - age group shown in years


Age group      | Stage
-------------  | -------------
21+            | Adult
65+            | Elderly (or Senior)

PS: I had blogged about this several months back here.

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