This video provides useful and useable information to help parents and teachers understand the various factors that affect a given child’s temperament.
Now What Do I Do?
Ask yourself: What can I do to help her world – at home, at childcare and other places we go – fit better with her temperament?
Look around your house and other places where your child spends a lot of time. You will notice ways that you can make small changes that will help your child.
Ask yourself: What do we already have at home, like toys or games, that I can use to help him learn to adapt his world? How can I help him learn to get along with others?
Helping your child and his world fit together better isn’t about money or buying things, it’s just about being sensitive to the things that make your own child special.
Your goal is not only to fit his world to be more helpful to your child, but also to help your child get along best in the world where he lives.
Develop a Loving Relationship
You can’t change your child’s temperament. However, you can learn about his or her temperament and learn to adapt to situations and environment. Remember your CHILD as you learn about temperament.
Consider the temperament of your child and describe it.
How does his temperament affect the way he acts and what he does?
Identify your own temperament and how you discipline and guide your child.
Look at how you are alike and different.
Develop ways to help him fit his temperament with his world.
Remember, children need to learn to adapt their world and their temperament.
Tips for working with a child who is:
- Very Active or Less Active
- Sensitive to Senses or Less Sensitive to Senses
- Aware of Feelings or Less Aware of Feelings
- Very Expressive or Less Expressive
- Very Persistent or Less Persistent
- Very Focused or Easily Distracted
- Enjoys Change or Prefers the Familiar
- Prefers Physical Routines or Likes Variety in Physical Routines
- Usually in a Happy Mood
- Usually Serious
- Usually Less Positive