Temperament: A Practical Approach to Meeting Individual Needs
A PITC Training Session

Format: 3 hour session, 30-40 participants; mini-lecture, video, large and small group activities

This session uses a variety of interactive learning activities to introduce the nine temperament traits and three temperament types of infants and toddlers, based on the work of Stella Chess and Alexander Thomas and presented in the PITC DVD Flexible, Fearful or Feisty: The Different Temperaments of Infants and Toddlers. This session offers participants the opportunity to explore their understanding of temperament by creating a profile of their own temperament and the temperament of someone close to them. This exploration allows participants to discover and examine the influence of individual differences in temperament on their relationships, especially with infants and toddlers. Discussion focuses on strategies for being responsive to children with different temperaments in group care.

Related Module(s):
I Social-Emotional Growth and Socialization

Related Resources:

Article Challenging Our Assumptions: Helping a Baby Adjust to Center Care
Article Temperament and Development: The Role of Context in a Biologically Based System
Article The "Ideal Baby": A Look at the Intersection of Temperament and Culture
Guide Infant/Toddler Caregiving: A Guide to Social-Emotional Growth and Socialization, Second Edition.
Handout A Temperament Treasure Hunt
Handout A Temperament Treasure Hunt Rules
Handout Agenda - Temperament: A Practical Approach to Meeting Individual Needs
Handout Chart of Tempermental Traits
Handout How the 9 temperament traits affect behavior
Handout Nine Temperment Traits of Infants and Toddlers (Handout #4)
Handout Resource List - Temperaments
Handout Session Evaluation- Head, Heart, Foot
Handout Temperament Quotes from Stella Chess
Handout Temperament Traits in Differing Cultural Contexts
Handout The Temperment Assessment Scale for Children
Handout What Is Your Ideal Child?
Handout Your Temperment Assessment Scale
Manual Trainer's Manual Module I: Social-Emotional Growth and Socialization
PowerPoint Temperament (November 2012)
PowerPoint Temperament PPT - EHS
DVD Flexible, Fearful, or Fiesty: The Different Temperaments of Infants and Toddlers
DVD Booklet Flexible, Fearful, or Fiesty: The Different Temperaments of Infants and Toddlers