Adaptability:

A Characteristic of Temperament

Outgoing, open to change
Shy, prefers strict routines

What does this mean? 

Adaptability is a child’s initial reaction to new people or situations and how easily they adjust to change.

What does this look like?

Some children are shy and quiet around new people and situations and have a hard time with change.

Some children enjoy meeting new people and seem unphased by new situations or schedules.

How can I help?

A less adaptable child may benefit from pictures that show their routine for the day, with clear explanations in advance of anything that will be different (e.g., getting picked up early).

Caregivers may find  transitionsmodeling, and self-regulation skills to be especially helpful.

A more adaptable child may need more direct instruction and rules about not walking off with strangers and other safety measures in new places.