Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Understanding, Preventing, and Responding Effectively / Edition 1

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Praise for Challenging Behavior in Young Children

“What you’ll learn from reading this book will have a significant positive effect on you as a teacher and on the hundreds of children you will eventually touch.”

From the preface by Sue Bredekamp, author of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs

“Full of good sense and good ideas. This book is clear, practical, sympathetic, and wise.”

Lawrence Hartmann, M.D., Past President, American Psychiatric Association

“A powerful resource for understanding and working in a caring and respectful way with the neediest children.”

Diane Levin, Wheelock College, author of Teaching Young Children in Violent Times

“I’m very enthusiastic about this book. It’s interesting, reader friendly, and has a solid research foundation. Best of all, the information is extremely useful!”

Janet Gonzalez-Mena,author of The Young Child in the Family and the Community

Challenging Behavior in Young Children presents in-depth background information and strategies to help preservice and practicing teachers understand, prevent, and address the behavior problems found so often in today’s primary schools and child care centers. The evidence-based techniques provided here–brought to life in vignettes drawn from Barbara Kaiser’s 30 years in the field–work with the most difficult behaviors and benefit every child in the classroom.

In this second edition, the authors of the best-selling book Meeting the Challenge offer new chapters on inclusion and relationships, as well as a totally revised chapter on positive behavior support and functional assessment, strong chapters on resilience, culture, and working with families, and updated material on the brain and bullying. The result is a comprehensive and indispensable resource for everyone who works with young children, from child care through grade 3.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205342266
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/17/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Kaiser is the former director of a child care center who has spent 30 years working with young children, their teachers, and their families. Now a consultant in early care and education, she frequently gives keynote addresses and workshops on challenging behavior throughout the United States and Canada. She has taught at Acadia University in Nova Scotia and Concordia University in Montreal.

Judy Sklar Rasminsky is a professional writer with special expertise in child care and family issues. She has won several awards for her work, which has appeared in American and Canadian magazines as well as college and high school textbooks.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 What is challenging behavior? 9
Ch. 2 Risk factors 20
Ch. 3 Protective factors 41
Ch. 4 Behavior and the brain 47
Ch. 5 Relationship, relationship, relationship 58
Ch. 6 Understanding the child's family and culture 79
Ch. 7 Preventing challenging behavior with the right physical space and program 101
Ch. 8 Preventing challenging behavior with the right social context 123
Ch. 9 Guidance and punishment 146
Ch. 10 The WEVAS strategy 160
Ch. 11 Positive behavior support and functional assessment 179
Ch. 12 The inclusive classroom 196
Ch. 13 Working with families and other experts 217
Ch. 14 Bullying 233
App. A The functional assessment observation form 257
App. B The functional assessment A-B-C chart 262
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    Fred Rogers, Creator and host of the PBS children's program, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

    'What makes the authors' work so valuable is that it's as much about relationships as it is about strategies. Barbara has consulted with us at Family Communications about our 'Challenging Behaviors' project. Now through this book, people who work closely with young children can benefit from what she and Judy have learned in their search to provide meaningful help to these children.'

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