The Children’s DISC Profile leads children on an adventure of self-discovery
DISC Personality Profiling is a behaviour assessment tool, a useful and powerful way of understanding different personality types and the best way to communicate with them.
DISC is an acronym for the four behavioural styles of Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness. The science behind DISC Behavioural Styles suggests that all people possess these four basic behavioural tendencies to differing degrees. Each style has its own ideal communication style and preferred working environment, as well as its own motivators, fears and challenge areas.
Learning to “read” people helps improve communication and personal performance. Knowing a person’s preferred style of communication through DISC, allows you to modify your preference to better suit the other person.
The Children’s DISC Profile
The profile was developed for children ages 9–13 to introduce them to the concept of personality using the theory of DISC Personality Style. The DISC profile teaches children about the four basic personality styles and shows them how these four styles blend to make their personality unique. Written in simple language, it has been designed to help young people understand who they are and why they, and others, think and act the way they do. This helps them to improve self-awareness and communication with others.
The Children’s DISC Profile will lead children on an adventure of self-discovery. They will explore their personality; the things they like or dislike; what they enjoy or don’t enjoy; how to talk to others and how they would like others to talk to them. Once a child learns another’s personality style they see them for who they are and adjust their expectations of them.
More importantly, when their personality style is revealed, children gain insight into their motivations, preferences, needs, comfort zones, and fears. This knowledge can help parents, caregivers and teachers to create appropriate environments to build the children’s self-esteem, stimulate communication, and work on areas of natural difficulty.
How will DISC work with young people and students?
In my 1:1 coaching programme with a student or a young person aged up to around 13-years old, I take them through the DISC process working through a specially designed workbook, answering questionnaires and discussing what it all means for them.
This tool helps them understand individual strengths, but without the support and guidance of an adult it will not be as effective.
Therefore, it will be beneficial if parents, caregivers and teachers interact with this profile and discuss it with the children. For maximum effectiveness, I recommend parents, caregivers, teachers to complete a DISC Personality Profile before the child or student takes his/hers.
Not only will you increase your understanding of DISC, but you will also discover areas where you and your child/student are similar and different. You may also learn to adapt your style to that of your child’s or student’s. Siblings can also participate. Also, you could profile your child every few years to see how his/her style changes as he/she grows and matures!
Children’s DISC Profile Group Workshop
The Children’s DISC Profile could also be delivered in groups at youth clubs or in school, in a series of workshops. This method of delivery reinforces learning, fosters interaction, improves understanding and communication between the children and their peers.