||Typical Behavioral Indicator
|Activity Level refers to the general level of motor activity when one is awake or asleep. Motor activity involves large and small muscle movement like running, jumping, rolling over, holding a crayon, picking up toys. etc.
||has difficulty sitting still.
||is squirmy and active.
||sits back quietly and prefers sedentary activities.
||prefers less noise and movement.
|Distractibility is the ease with which one can be distracted, or, conversely, his level of concentration or focus
||has difficulty concentrating, paying attention when engaged in an activity and is easily distracted by sounds or sights during activities.
||is very distracted by discomfort, noticing even small signals of discomfort such as hunger, being sleepy, etc.
||has a high degree of concentration, pays attention when engaged in an activity and is not easily distracted by sounds or sights during activities.
||can handle discomfort, does not seem very bothered at all.
|Intensity refers to the energy level of one’s emotional response both positive and negative
||has strong/intense positive and negative reactions.
||has muted emotional reactions.
|Regularity relates to the predictability of biological functions such as eating, sleeping, etc.
||has predictable appetite, sleep and elimination patterns.
||has unpredictable appetite, sleep and elimination patterns.
|Sensitivity describes how sensitive one is to physical stimuli such as light, sound and textures.
||is sensitive to physical stimuli including sounds, tastes, touch and temperature changes; is a picky eater and has difficulty sleeping in a strange bed.
||is not sensitive to physical stimuli, including sounds, tastes, touch and temperature changes; can fall asleep anywhere and tries new foods easily.
|Approachability is one’s initial response to new places, situations, or things
||eagerly approaches new situations or people.
||is hesitant and resistant when faced with new situations, people or things.
|Adaptability describes how easily one adjusts to changes and transitions
||transitions easily to new activities and situations.
||requires very small amount of time to feel ok in new situations .
||needs more time for transitioning to new activities or situations.
||child may cry or stay close to caregiver before approaching a new situation.
|Persistence relates to the length of time one continues in activities in the face of obstacles
||continues with a task or activity in the face of obstacles and does not get easily frustrated.
||moves on to a new task or activity when faced with obstacles and gets frustrated easily.
|Mood is one’s tendency to react to the world primarily in a positive or negative way
||reacts to the world in a positive way and is generally cheerful.
||reacts to situations in an observant, sometimes more serious way. Tends to be thoughtful about new situations.