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Doctorate Degree

Presentation Abstract

Early childhood and educational research have indicated that a young child’s temperament is predictive of success in school and adulthood. A child’s temperament has the potential to impact not only their interpretation of life events, but can also influence the activities that they choose and how adults respond to and interact with them. Child temperament research has identified three widely known profiles based on nine dimensions of behavior: “difficult”, “easy”, and “slow to warm up”. The purpose of this presentation is to provide information about child temperament and the ways in which adults can use positive relational interventions to teach and reinforce strategies to help improve behavioral, academic, and social development. Goodness of fit research suggests that when children and teachers are able to form more harmonious relationships children exhibit fewer behavior problems and experience more opportunities for encouraging learning experiences. Participants will be provided with strategies for working with children who have “difficult” and "slow to warm up" temperaments.

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A Person's a person no matter how small - Understanding the Role of Temperament in Working With Toddlers and Young Children

Early childhood and educational research have indicated that a young child’s temperament is predictive of success in school and adulthood. A child’s temperament has the potential to impact not only their interpretation of life events, but can also influence the activities that they choose and how adults respond to and interact with them. Child temperament research has identified three widely known profiles based on nine dimensions of behavior: “difficult”, “easy”, and “slow to warm up”. The purpose of this presentation is to provide information about child temperament and the ways in which adults can use positive relational interventions to teach and reinforce strategies to help improve behavioral, academic, and social development. Goodness of fit research suggests that when children and teachers are able to form more harmonious relationships children exhibit fewer behavior problems and experience more opportunities for encouraging learning experiences. Participants will be provided with strategies for working with children who have “difficult” and "slow to warm up" temperaments.