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 of This Game
Handout Agenda
Handout Clinical Practice and Temperament
Handout Educational Impact of Temperament
Handout Frequently Asked Questions about Temperamental Characteristics
Handout How does temperament help to shape our personality characteristics?
Handout How the 9 Temperament Traits Affect Behavior
Handout Linking the PITC Trainer Institute Sessions to Head Start Program Performance Standards and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
Handout Quotes
Handout Researchers on Temperament
Handout Resource List
Handout Searching for the biological basis of behavior
Handout Session Evaluation Head, Heart, Foot
Handout Small Group Activity: Achieving a "Goodness of Fit"
Handout Temperament and Psychopathology
Handout Temperament Quotes
Handout What Is Your Ideal Child?
Manual Trainer's Manual Module I: Social-Emotional Growth and Socialization, Second Edition
PowerPoint Temperament (May 2014)
PowerPoint Temperament (Spanish)
PowerPoint Temperament: A Practical Approach in Meeting Individual Needs
DVD Flexible, Fearful, or Feisty: The Different Temperaments of Infants and Toddlers
DVD Booklet Flexible, Fearful, or Fiesty: The Different Temperaments of Infants and Toddlers