Understanding Temperament: Activity Level

image via Flickr by David Dodge

image via Flickr by David Dodge

A key goal in effective treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder should be to understand our temperament and the temperament of the children we live and work with. We need to critically consider how any extreme temperamental traits might be contributing to problems in performance, behavior, or social interaction.

In our experience, understanding the concept of temperament and applying that knowledge to ourselves as parents and teachers and to those around us helps us to better understand behavior…struggles, failures, and successes.

Understanding ACTIVITY LEVEL

Activity Level refers to the amount of activity from high to low that we engage in throughout our day.

Some of us are always moving and physically active; others of us are more sedentary and spend most of our time engaged in quiet activities.

The child with a high activity level is likely to be in his element in gym class and playing tag during recess and to have more difficulty staying settled during quiet seated activities; on the other hand, the child with a low activity level might prefer sitting and drawing or reading during free time rather than going outside to play an active game.


Temperament Traits and ADHD | The Being Well Center | Free PrintableUpcoming blog posts will discuss the other 9 Temperamental Traits that make you and your child unique.  Follow along with this Being Well Center | Temperament Worksheet designed to help you pinpoint where your child’s temperament trait falls on the continuum.


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About cblmd

medical director of the being well center, ADHD expert, speaker, and author

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