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Temperament plays a significant role in a child's development, experience, relationships, and behaviors.
JACKSONVILLE, FL, July 30, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Professional Development Resources, a national provider of accredited continuing education units for psychologists, social workers, counselors, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and dietitians, has announced a new addition to its continuing education (CE) curriculum for health professionals: How Temperamental Differences Affect Young Children. The course is the third in the company's upcoming series of video streaming courses.
In the course, temperament is defined as each individual's unique way of experiencing the world and responding to it. It involves a style of thinking, feeling, and behaving and is considered a genetically determined component of personality. Temperament involves a broad range of characteristics, including activity levels, intensity, sensitivity, extraversion/introversion, mood, initial reaction to new experiences, adaptability/flexibility, persistence, attention, and distractibility. It goes a long way in answering the question of why different individuals may respond to the same event in dramatically different ways.
"Temperament plays a significant role in a child's development, experience, relationships, and behaviors," says Lauren Ehrenreich, MSSA, LISW-S, Ohio social worker and creator of the course. "Children often need supportive intervention to enable them to function in healthy ways and reach their potential. It is crucial for parents, teachers and other caregivers to understand temperamental disparities in children because it can help them avoid blaming and pathologizing children for behavior that may be completely normal. It can also help promote children's self-esteem."
How Temperamental Differences Affect Young Children includes discussions about normal early childhood development and the range of normal functioning as it is impacted by temperament. Its purpose is to help professionals who work with children understand the role that temperament plays in the trajectory of normal child development - including inner experience, relationships, and behavior - and learn to use interventions that are both supportive and effective. It is intended for all types of therapists who work with children or their parents, as well as for school-based personnel and classroom teachers.
"This is a topic that will be welcomed by any professional who works with children," says Leo Christie, PhD, CEO of Professional Development Resources. "The difficulty of drawing a line between childhood behavior that is pathological and behavior that is normal is familiar to all therapists. The definitions and examples presented in this course will provide valuable tools for making that distinction and promoting positive individual child development."
An added bonus is that this course is a streamed video course that can be taken on one's computer or mobile device. The "new CE" is the ultimate in convenience and accessibility because you can take it with you anywhere there is Internet access. If you have a small slot of time available somewhere in your busy day, you can pull out your tablet or smart phone and start viewing this course.
Those who complete this course will learn the various types of temperaments and the normal range that exists within them, ways in which child development is impacted by temperamental factors, the functions of temperament in a child's behavioral patterns, use of supportive interventions that promote healthy growth and development, and multiple ways to increase the quality of fit between children, caregivers, teachers and health professionals.
The presentation was developed in partnership with A+ Solutions, a practice group specializing in educational services to schools and families. Specialties include psychology, school psychology, social work, special education, speech-language pathology, professional counseling, and parent outreach.
About Professional Development Resources, Inc.
Professional Development Resources is a Florida nonprofit educational corporation founded in 1992 by licensed marriage and family therapist Leo Christie, PhD. The company, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) - as well as many other national and state boards - has focused its efforts on making accredited continuing education units more cost-effective and widely accessible to health professionals by offering online home study coursework. Its current expanded curriculum includes a wide variety of clinical topics intended to equip health professionals to offer state-of-the art services to their clients.
Leo Christie, PhD, CEO
Professional Development Resources, Inc.
Professional Development Resources, Inc. is a Florida nonprofit educational corporation 501(c)(3) organized in 1992. Our mission is to provide busy health care professionals with accredited continuing education units on topics that are vital to contemporary clinical practice. In addition to our staff, we have a Professional Advisory Board consisting of accomplished professionals representing disciplines for which we offer our CEU credits. We are located in Jacksonville, Florida. Federal Tax ID 59-3138625.
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