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Why Temperament Matters

Guidance Strategies for Young Children

Cindy Croft


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Why Temperament Matters: Guidance Strategies for Young Children addresses early childhood behavior guidance strategies related to children's specific temperament traits. There are nine temperament traits that influence a child's behavior: Activity Level, Distractibility, Persistence, Adaptability, Approach/Withdrawal, Intensity, Regularity, Sensory Awareness, Mood. All nine temperament traits are grouped into three major categories of personality: easy/flexible, feisty/spirited, and slow-to-warm-up/sensitive.

This book provides specific ideas about how a child care provider can adjust the early childhood program and environment to meet the individual needs of each child's temperament. There is a specific emphasis on children who fall into the feisty/spirited or the slow-to-warm-up/sensitive categories because they are often the ones who are expelled with challenging behaviors. Why Temperament Matters explains where challenging behaviors may originate in temperament and provides strategies for meeting temperament needs that prevent or lessen challenging behaviors.

Redleaf Press, 9781605546599, 208pp.

Publication Date: April 27, 2021

About the Author

Cindy Croft, M.A., is the founding director of the Center for Inclusive Child Care and has worked in the early childhood field for more than 25 years. She provides technical assistance and training to early childhood educators on adapting their physical and emotional environments to meet children's specific behavioral needs. Cindy is also the author of Caring for Young Children with Special Needs.