Seeking change

Contexts when it is appropriate for a child to seek change         

  • When choosing to focus on speed and novelty
  • When choosing to meet new people
  • When choosing to explore new experiences, opportunities and ideas

 

For example,

  • Working at pace – scanning, skimming, note taking
  • Setting aspirant goals and targets
  • Relaxing and allowing their mind to wander
  • Purposefully doing something to take their mind off something else
  • Doing something, even though the outcome is unpredictable
  • Taking opportunities and considered risks
  • Stopping something that isn’t working and starting again
  • Being creative
  • Working with new and unfamiliar materials and approaches
  • Thinking of an alternative approach to doing something
  • Taking on a new responsibility
  • Having a go at a new activity or skill
  • Working with different people
  • Introducing themselves to someone new

Contexts when it is appropriate for a child to limit change

  • When choosing to focus on detail and precision
  • When choosing to build consistent and sustained friendships
  • When choosing to resist new experiences, opportunities and ideas

For example,

  • Withdrawing from a situation which leaves them feeling unsettled or uneasy
  • Withdrawing from a situation which although exciting suggests danger or risk
  • Developing consistent routines and habits e.g. making bed, packing back the night before
  • Checking work conscientiously
  • Sticking to set methods and procedures in learning tasks, not cutting corners
  • Listening carefully and checking they know what to do
  • Focusing, not being distracted
  • Persevering, not giving up
  • Being cautious when presented with a new idea or approach
  • Developing an idea to a deeper level
  • Having fewer but more consistent relationships
  • Committing to friendships and working through conflict

 

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