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.
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.
Rhythmicity refers to the predictability of our daily bodily routines for sleeping, eating and going to the bathroom. It ranges from highly regular to highly irregular.
Those of us who are highly rhythmic are hungry, have a bowel movement, and feel sleepy at about the same times every day.
Others of us, who are highly irregular do not have a schedule or rhythm at all…our wake-up time varies from day to day; we feel ready for bed at different times and need to go to the bathroom at various, unpredictable times throughout our day.
This unpredictability can present a challenge for the child who is asked to adhere to a rigid school schedule where everyone eats and takes bathroom breaks at the same time every day.
Upcoming 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 or your child’s temperament trait falls on the continuum. Catch up on yesterday’s post about Activity Level.
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