This course will define temperament and explain its importance in the development of infants and toddlers. It will focus on five temperament characteristics - activity level, approach/withdraw, intensity, mood, and persistence. The construct of "goodness-of-fit" will also be emphasized and strategies for interacting with infant and toddler children who demonstrate a variety of temperaments will be given. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their own temperaments and to discuss case examples of infants and toddlers with extreme temperaments.
- Define temperament and identify the five dimensions of temperament - activity level, approach/withdraw, intensity, mood, and persistence.
- Explain what "goodness-of-fit" means.
- Identify temperament characteristics.
- Identify strategies to adapt the environment to improve "goodness-of-fit" for children with different temperaments.
- Recognize the importance of language in describing children with different temperaments.
- Identify strategies for helping children with different temperaments adapt to their environment.