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Temperament, Rainbows Conference, 2012

Temperament

Linda Drew

Rainbows Conference 2012

 

 

What is your ideal child? (circle the ones that describe your “ideal” child)

 

Active

Cooperative

Independent

Obedient

Predictable

Confident

Sense of humor

Approaching

Dependable

Industrious

Persistent

Playful

Curious

Takes risks

Cautious

Honest

Loyal

Quiet

Assertive

Sensitive

Spirited

 

 

Temperament preferences vary between cultures.

 

What traits are highly valued in your #ece program?

 

Is there a “fit” between those values and individual children? What issues arise when families when there is not a “fit”?

 

Is there a “fit” between the values of the program and those of the staff?  If not, what issues arise?

 

Does the physical environment and curriculum meet the needs of the kids in the program?

 

9 different traits have been identified top 3 in the USA are:

 

Flexible Pooh

40% of most groups of children are flexible/easy

not very challenging to teachers/parents.

 

Fearful Piglet

15% slow to warm, fearful and shy

 

Feisty Tigger

10% The difficult child

 

35% don’t fit into the above “top 3”

 

(Eeyore should be up there too!)

 

temperaments…

…remain fairly constant throughout life

…begin to appear in the first few months of life

 

 

we lean techniques that help us regulate/moderate our “extreme” temperamental traits

 

 

She had us take the SELF Temperament Assessment Scale and then do one for a couple of the children in the class, preferably a child who posed some challenges.  Then we are going to chart and visually see WHY there was a “challenge”…

 

Assessment categories are:

 

Activity level

Regularity

Adaptability

Approach/Withdrawl

Physical Sensitivity

Intensity of Reaction

Distractibility

Pos/Neg Mood

Persistence

 

 

The instructor is having us graph our temperament scale and that of a child in our program who is posing a challenge.  Many times we are the complete opposite of the child and that = challenge.

 

But WE (as the adult) need to adapt to the child.  Have the environment adapt to meet the needs of the child.

 

She also has temperament questions to ask PARENTS about their children.

They are from a Zero to Three publication called Tuning Into Your Child, pages 19-37

 

 

Are you an INNIE or an OUTTIE?  Introvert?  Extrovert?  Or a perfect balance of both = ambivert

 

Summary:

Temperament may be the reason we “fit” or “click” with some and not with others. Understanding our own and that of others can assist in our interpersonal relations and communication skills.

 

 

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