Challenging Behavior in Young Children Understanding, Preventing, and Responding Effectively

ISBN-10: 0205493335

ISBN-13: 9780205493333

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

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Renowned authors Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar Rasminsky once again help teachers to discover effective ways to address challenging behavior in the classroom! Making full use of Barbara Kaiser's 30 years of experience as a child care director and teacher, the Second Edition of Challenging Behavior in Young Children provides an in-depth look into the latest research on understanding and preventing challenging behavior and offers practical and effective strategies for responding to it, including positive behavior support and functional assessment, as mandated by IDEA. Based on the authors 40-page booklet Meeting the Challenge (1999), this new edition maintains the personal touch and real-life examples teachers have grown to rely on. It includes new chapters on relationships and inclusion as well as the latest information on risk and protective factors, culture, the brain, self-reflection, working with families, and bullying. Challenging Behavior in Young Children emphasizes the teachers role in the behavior of children, helping students and educators to reflect on their own values, feelings, and actions. The result is an invaluable resource for everyone involved in the education of young children.
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List price: $42.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

What Is Challenging Behavior?
Isn't challenging behavior sometimes appropriate for very young children?
Do children outgrow challenging behavior?
What is aggression?
Does culture play a role in aggressive behavior?
What Do You Think?
Suggested Reading
Risk Factors
What causes challenging behavior?
Biological Risk Factors
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Complications of pregnancy and birth
Substance abuse during pregnancy
Language and cognition disorders
Environmental Risk Factors
Family factors and parenting style
Poverty and the conditions surrounding it
Exposure to violence
Turbulent times
Violent media
Child care
Understanding risk
What Do You Think?
Suggested Reading
Protective Factors
Who is the resilient child?
What makes a resilient child bounce back?
How does the family contribute to resilience?
What is the community's role in resilience?
What Do You Think?
Suggested Reading
Behavior and the Brain
How do babies' brains develop?
How does experience spur nerve cells to connect?
Is there a critical period for social or emotional behavior?
What does caregiving have to do with it?
What about neurotransmitters?
What role do genes play?
Which parts of the brain are involved in aggressive behavior?
What does all this mean?
What Do You Think?
Suggested Reading
Relationship, Relationship, Relationship
The caring connection
Understanding Yourself
"Who are you?" said the caterpillar
What influences the way you relate to a child with challenging behavior?
What is self-reflection?
How do you reflect?
What do you reflect about?
Are there any techniques to help you reflect?
Understanding the Child
What is the role of attachment?
How does attachment affect behavior?
Is attachment culture bound?
Establishing a Relationship
How does being securely attached to a teacher protect a child?
How can you develop a secure attachment to a child with challenging behavior?
Back to the beginning
What do You Think?
Suggested Reading
Understanding the Child's Family and Culture?
Collaborating with Families
Getting to know you
Opening the Culture Door
What is culture?
What does culture have to do with identity?
Are cultures really so different?
How can you see your culture?
The culture of child care and school
What happens when children move from one culture to another?
How does culture influence behavior?
What happens when a child speaks a different language?
Does each culture have its own special characteristics?
Why all this matters
What do You Think?
Suggested Reading
Preventing Challenging Behavior with the Right Physical Space and Program
How does prevention work?
We're all the same, yet we're all different
The Physical Space
Wide open spaces
What will go inside each area?
What about the people?
Does the level of stimulation make a difference?
Consider the results
The Program
Offering choices
Choosing materials
Are some activities harder for children with challenging behavior?
How do you get from A to B?
When circumstances change
What do You Think?
Suggested Reading
Preventing Challenging Behavior with the Right Social Context
Creating the Social Context
What kind of social context fosters prosocial behavior and discourages aggressive behavior?
What is the teacher's role in the social context?
How can you create a cooperative and inclusive community?
Teaching Social Skills
Why are social skills important?
How do children learn social skills?
Why should we include children with challenging behaviors?
How do you teach social skills?
What skills do children need to learn?
What do You Think?
Suggested Reading and Resources
Guidance and Punishment
What information will you need?
How useful is positive reinforcement?
Which is better: Praise or encouragement?
What if positive reinforcement provokes challenging behavior?
What about natural and logical consequences?
Is it good practice to use time-out?
What's wrong with using punishment?
What do You Think?
Suggested Reading
The WEVAS Strategy
Calibration: Zeroing in on the child's state of mind
The anxious state: The early warning system
The agitated state: Reactions intensity
The aggressive state: The fire inside
The assaultive state: Involving the community
What about using restraint?
The open state: A time to debrief and learn
Returning to the group
What do You Think?
Suggested Reading and Resources
Positive Behavior Support and Functional Assessment
How do you figure out the function of a behavior?
What functions can behavior serve?
What about appropriate behavior?
Why do you need to work as a team?
How do you get the information you need for a functional assessment?
How do you develop a hypothesis?
How do you create a positive behavior support plan?
How does the plan look?
How do you evaluate the plan?
What do You Think?
Suggested Reading
The Inclusive Classroom
About Inclusion
Why is inclusion important?
How does IDEA work?
What services does IDEA offer young children?
What's happening on the front lines?
How is a child who needs special education identified?
Preventing and Addressing Challenging Behavior in Children with Disabilities
What is the connection between disability and challenging behavior?
How can you organize the physical space to prevent challenging behavior?
How can the program and schedule prevent challenging behavior?
How can an inclusive social context prevent challenging behavior?
How can you respond effectively to challenging behavior?
What do You Think?
Suggested Reading
Working with Families and Other Experts
How do families react to news of challenging behavior?
How do you feel?
How can colleagues help?
How do you arrange a meeting?
What should happen in a meeting with the family?
How do you close a meeting?
What if you and the family disagree?
How do you handle challenging behavior when the parent is present?
What should you say to the parents of the other children?
What about getting expert advice?
What if the child needs more help?
What about asking a child with challenging behavior to leave?
What do You Think?
Suggested Reading
What is bullying?
How common is bullying?
Who are the children who bully others?
Who are the targets of bullying?
Who are the bystanders?
How can you prevent bullying?
What helps children cope with bullying?
How do you respond to bullying?
What do you do if you don't see the bullying?
How can you work with the parents of children involved in bullying?
What do You Think?
Suggested Reading and Resources
The Functional Assessment Observation Form
The Functional Assessment A-B-C Chart
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