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Every child is unique: a developmental perspective

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Every child is unique Children, like adults, have different traits that make up their personalities. Experts have researched this phenomenon in detail and classified children into three different categories which have been named flexible, fearful, and feisty. Children generally may have similar interests, but the way they interact and deal with these interests displays their personality types. The first personality type is called flexible or easy group. This is the most common of the three types. The flexible child is easy to take care of and be around. They usually adapt to new situations and activities very quickly and are generally cheerful. Flexible children are subtle in their demand for attention. ...read more.


This can result in a deep attachment of the child to a particular caregiver or object. Fearful children may also withdraw when pushed into a new situation too quickly. They may also withdraw when other children are jumping into a new project or situation they are not comfortable with. Fearful children may tend to play alone rather than with a group. When dealing with fearful children, caregivers find they need more attention than flexible children. One of the most effective techniques when dealing with these children is just taking it slowly and helping the child become more comfortable with the surroundings. The third temperament type is called feisty. ...read more.


As a result, they may have strong reactions to their surroundings. In order to deal properly with these children, the caregiver will have to teach the child that expressing anger through hurtful or disruptive behavior is not acceptable. If there is going to be a change in the child's routine, the caregiver will have an easier time with the child if he or she has been warned of the change. Anyone who has spent time with or around children will notice that each one has a special personality. In general, children can be divided into these three groups, but caregivers must not forget that each child is unique. Whatever their temperament is, children need to be treated according to their individual needs. When these needs are satisfied, the child will be happier, and those around the child will feel better also. Gonzalez # 1 ...read more.

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