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.
Approach-Withdrawal refers to our initial response to new persons, places, events, and ideas ranging from highly approach to highly withdrawal.
Those of us who are highly approach readily jump into attempting new tasks, meeting new people, and trying new foods.
Others of us who are highly withdrawal resist trying a new activity, avoid attending a party with strangers, and step back from a different kind of food.
The child who is highly approach will not hesitate to start a conversation with a new student or teacher, jump into new activities and embrace new concepts and academic challenges.
The child who is highly withdrawal may struggle with new students, avoid new playground activities, and step back from an unfamiliar concept in the classroom.
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 previous posts about Activity Level, Rhythmicity, Tolerance, Intensity, and Mood.
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