Addressing Temperament Within the Parent–Child Relationship

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. work with parents to facilitate the parents' use of a temperament framework to view their child in relation to problems or concerns.
  2. examine parental insights about themselves as parents and/or their child’s temperament and how it can apply to certain situations to foster a more empathetic and responsive interaction.
  3. view temperament as a possible lens through which they as practitioners can examine the whole child when developing interventions and strategies.


Helping practitioners and parents individualize and holistically conceptualize children through a temperament framework is crucial for promoting empathetic and responsive exchanges in the parent–child relationship and for minimizing parent blame. Case study examples will be presented describing group sessions with parents where they received psychoeducational materials about children’s temperament and discussed implications for their child. Parents reported increased understanding of and responsiveness to their child’s temperamental individuality. Case examples highlight implications for assessment and intervention.



Mary V. Sarro, University of Maryland- Accessibility and Disability Services
Samantha L. Sommer, University of Maryland


Shanyun G. Zheng, Hedwig Teglasi


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