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The Temperament Wheel

by Maxine
Posted July 31 2010 04:48pm
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The Temperament Wheel is a visual way to look at your temperament traits and those of your child. Each spoke of the wheel has a trait and an inner, middle and outer band. The inner band would be a low level of the trait, the outer band the high level and the middle band would represent an individual with a mixture of high and low levels of a trait. For each of the traits, colour in the band that would best represent yourself .

Once you have completed your wheel you should complete one for your child. Then compare the similarities and differences between the two.

 

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Find out more about each temperament trait and use these Comfort, Play & Teach strategies that are tailored to different temperament traits.

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The Temperament Worksheet

by Maxine
Posted August 3 2010 01:33pm
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Examine how your child and you and your partner fit, or do not fit, together as a family with this worksheet. It can be beneficial for each parent to complete the Temperament Worksheet for their child, and then examine how the child and the parents fit, or do not fit, together as a family.

Complete one worksheet for each child. Have your partner complete one for each child, too. Compare your answers with each other and discuss where you don’t have the same views of your child.

Download the Temperament Worksheet (PDF).

Click here to view all of our Temperament resources and worksheets.

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Temperament and Comfort, Play & Teach

by Maxine
Posted July 30 2010 03:21pm
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There are nine temperament traits and each trait has a high and low version.  While there is lots of variation in each trait, it’s the high and low versions that are the most challenging for you.

You can use a variety of Comfort, Play & Teach strategies that are tailored to different temperament traits.  Use the examples in the lilnks below to generate your own Comfort, Play & Teach strategies that are more appropriate to your unique family.

Temperament Traits and Comfort, Play & Teach

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Temperament Trait Strategies: Activity

by Maxine
Posted July 30 2010 03:50pm
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Activity: On The Temperament Wheel, is your child high or low? 

Low Activity – this child is laid back and content to watch others be active.

Comfort

  • Avoid criticizing your baby because he likes doing things more slowly than average.  This will help your child feel comfortable with his approach to life.

Play

  • Find a few very active things she likes to do and support them. For example, take her swimming or swinging. Avoid having her sit quietly for long periods of time.

Teach

  • Plan ahead to allow him the time he needs so he does not feel rushed.  This lets him learn and do activities at his own pace.

 

High Activity – these children are the squirmers.  Even as babies they wave their arms, kick their legs and wriggle their bodies non-stop.  These children are always on the go.

Comfort

  • Anticipate your baby's next move and intervene when necessary to avoid a catastrophe.  This helps your child learn what is permitted and what is not permitted BEFORE she gets into trouble. 

Play

  • Provide lots of opportunities to help your baby burn off energy in safe, supervised sessions.  This helps your child become more inclined to settle down when it's time to sleep, learn or play quietly.

Teach

  • Provide a cool down period when it's time to switch to quiet time.  This helps your child learn how to transition successfully from high- to low-energy activities. 

 

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