|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 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 or 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 responsive 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.
|may cry or stay close to a 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 in an observant, sometimes more serious way and tends to be thoughtful about new situations.
Last Updated: October 23, 2023