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MKazimer

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Discussion 2.3: What are individual differences in needs?

Each child is born with a unique temperament which are specific to the child and requires flexibility on the part of the caregiver or educator. Some students need extra time to make transitions because they want to make sure they have completed a task in its entirety. Each person learns and plays at their own pace in their own way so it is important to be aware of each students temperament in order to meet their social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs.
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Every child has a different and individual temperament and behavioral characteristics. Knowing that we need to get to know each child independently and make strategies to help each one of them thrive and achieve their milestones. For example: A shy and difficult child is going to need extra assistance with their social needs.
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Individual differences in needs includes certain personality traits or attributes in a child that does not change and varies with each child. For example, temperament does not change throughout a child's life, and is different with each child. I once worked with a toddler who was sassy throughout her infancy and even now as a toddler. Her mood and intensity of emotion remained the same. While another child was the complete opposite. The first child did not need much coddling, while the other thrived off of attention and lots of snuggles. It is important to remember that each child has different needs even when it seems like the basics are all the same. One child may refuse to drink milk unless it has been warmed up, while another may love cold milk.
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Kids each have a different temperament that is just a part of who they are. It is important understand this about your students and understand that kids react to everything differently. Maybe some kids get really overwhelmed with transitioning quickly from activity to activity. If you know this about your children, you can ease them into to things better.
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katarina.astley

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Every child has their own individual temperament. While one child may transition to a different activity quickly and with little difficulty, another child may transition slowly and may need the help of a caregiver to move them along to the next activity. In our three year old class we have several children that have either temperament described. The children that need more help transitioning require one on one supervision to move them along until they've taken the time they need to transition, whereas the children who have an easier transition are still supervised but do not require one on one guidance in their transition.
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Each child has a different temperament that does not change during their life. Therefore, we should treat each child the different form according to his or her temperament, and we need to support the child who is more difficult to integrate into the activities we have with the rest of the class.

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Each child is born with a unique temperament that usually is set and do not change as they progress through different developmental stages. The following blend of 9 different traits:

Activity level
Regularity of sleep and eating patterns
Adaptability
Intensity of mood
Mood (+ or -)
Distractibility (high or low)
Persistence
Attention span
Sensory sensitivity

These 9 traits blended together produce 3 different patterns or temperament types:
“easy” or “flexible” child
“difficult” or “spirited” child
“slow to warm up” or “shy” child
Or a mix of traits with no clear pattern

A mix of all these can be seen in my classroom. Interesting to see some children flock to one activity, while others may shy away. The temperament and trait mix each child should always be held in mind when teaching, giving the proper supports depends greatly on knowing the unique needs of each child.
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Temperament causes different children to have different needs. Some children need structure and routine in their day to day life, while others are flexible and indifferent to schedules. Some kids have more trouble handling and expressing anger and may need quiet space to deal with it while others express it through words well. Differences like these and many others make it important to teach and work with kids differently on an individual basis.
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