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Differences in Children: 

Differences in Children Kathryn Reeves Youth Development/4-H Cooperative Extension Service South Dakota State University Brookings, SD 2002

Individual Differences Among Children: 

Individual Differences Among Children Personality Ways of Processing Information Maturity Level

Personalities : 

Personalities Personalities can be described along a continuum in several areas: Introverted vs. Extroverted Intuitive vs. Sensing Thinking vs. Feeling Judging vs. Perceiving

Introverted Personalities: 

Introverted Personalities Become tired by too much social interaction Prefer communicating one-to-one Extroverted Personalities Energized by social interaction Enjoy large groups of people

Intuitive vs. Sensing: 

Intuitive vs. Sensing Intuitive Individuals Communicate abstractly Think in terms of possibility Sensing Individuals Communicate concretely Think in terms of the here and now

Thinking vs. FeelingIndividuals: 

Thinking vs. Feeling Individuals Thinking Individuals Objective by nature Facts and research make more impact Feeling Individuals Subjective by nature Mode of delivery makes more impact than information itself

Judging vs. PerceivingIndividuals: 

Judging vs. Perceiving Individuals Judging Individuals Make quick decisions Become stressed if the process takes too much time Perceiving Individuals Take time to weigh their options Become stressed if pushed to make a decision too quickly

Processing Information: 

Processing Information Sees the Big Picture Looks at the concept first Asks for details as needed Detail Person Wants to know as much as possible about the subject at the beginning Puts information into an orderly framework

Maturity Levels of Children/Youth 6-9 Years Old: 

Maturity Levels of Children/Youth 6-9 Years Old View things as black and white, right or wrong Seek a sense of security in groups Enjoy an organized day Enjoy caring for and playing with younger children Become upset when their behavior or activities are ignored

Maturity Levels of Children/Youth 9-11 Years Old: 

Maturity Levels of Children/Youth 9-11 Years Old See that adults can make mistakes, are fallible Enjoy rituals, secret codes, and having rules Enjoy being a member of a club May defy adult authority Capable of understanding ideas without direct experience

Maturity Levels of Children/Youth 11-13 Years Old: 

Maturity Levels of Children/Youth 11-13 Years Old Rapid and uneven physical growth Try to meet expectations of both parents and friends Can think in terms of possibilities Understand opinions of others and can formulate their own Extremely emotional

Maturity Levels of Children/Youth in their Teens: 

Maturity Levels of Children/Youth in their Teens Becoming less emotional Focus more on the future Need practice at making adult-like decisions Want and need a voice in decisions affecting the family

Establishing Communication & A Positive RelationshipWith Your Child: 

Establishing Communication andamp; A Positive Relationship With Your Child Identify your child’s characteristics based on his/her personality and maturity level Select your words and responses based on your child’s unique individuality

Differences in Children: 

Differences in Children Kathryn Reeves Youth Development/4-H Specialist South Dakota State University Brookings, SD 2002

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