How to Handle Hard-to-Handle Preschoolers: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators

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This user-friendly resource provides early childhood educators with a comprehensive overview of the most common kinds of behavioral disorders and learning disabilities in children ages 2 to 5, with guidelines for meeting students' needs within an inclusive environment.
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Editorial Reviews

Lois Wachtel
"The activities mentioned in this book are priceless and can easily be adapted to every classroom. All children will benefit from them; all they need is a good teacher’s imagination!"
Pamela L. Opel
"This book would be an asset to any teacher’s professional library. It offers in-depth descriptions of several conditions that affect behavior and offers excellent and varied strategies for assisting those students."
Jill J. Simmons-Stemple
“A fun and interesting read that is filled with helpful ideas to implement in the preK classroom!”
Sandra Kraynok
“This book is worthwhile for the new teacher or veteran of many years. With clear explanations of each problem area, as well as many personal stories from the author’s experiences, interesting strategies are offered for the teacher to use.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412970037
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Maryln Appelbaum is well-known internationally as an outstanding authority on children, education, and families. She has worked as a teacher, an administrator, and a therapist and has been a consultant throughout the United States. She has written more than 30 how-to books geared exclusively for educators and parents. She has been interviewed on television and radio talks shows and has been quoted in newspapers including USA Today. She owns a seminar training company, Appelbaum Training Institute, with her son, Marty Appelbaum, and they and their speakers train educators all over the world. She has master’s degrees in both psychology and education and completed her doctoral studies in both education and psychology.

Appelbaum's influence impacts the entire globe with her thoughts for the day that go out to thousands of educators via e-mail daily. Her strategies have been implemented in schools across the world successfully. There is not a day that goes by that someone does not contact her at Appelbaum Training Institute to tell her “thank you.” Those “thank you’s” come from teachers, administrators, parents, and students whose lives have been impacted by Maryln.

Appelbaum's books and her talks are always packed with strategies for success. She is a positive, motivational, dynamic, caring, one-of-a-kind difference maker for the world.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

Foreword Marty Appelbaum viii

Preface x

Acknowledgments xii

About the Author xiv

Chapter 1 How to Handle Children Who Are Disruptive 1

Skill 1 How to Handle Tattling 1

Skill 2 How to Handle Complaining 5

Skill 3 How to Handle Constant Chatter 7

Skill 4 How to Handle Blurting Out 9

Skill 5 How to Handle Talking Back 10

Skill 6 How to Handle Power Struggles 12

Skill 7 How to Handle Children's Conflicts 15

Chapter 2 How to Handle Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 19

ADHD Inattentive Type 22

ADHD Hyperactive-Impulsive Type 28

Both ADHD Inattentive and ADHD Hyperactive-Impulsive Types 32

Chapter 3 How to Handle Children With Learning Disabilities 37

Strategies for Succeeding With Children With LD 38

A Concluding Story 47

Chapter 4 How to Handle Anger and Oppositional Defiant Disorder 49

The Stages of Anger and Strategies for Each Stage 52

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) 63

Chapter 5 How to Handle Bullying 67

Recognizing Bullying 67

Strategies for Understanding and Handling Bullying 69

Chapter 6 How to Handle Children With Bipolar Disorder 75

What Is Bipolar Disorder? 75

Strategies for Succeeding With Children With Bipolar Disorder 78

Chapter 7 How to Handle Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder 83

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder? 83

Strategies for Succeeding With Children With ASD 86

Chapter 8 How to Handle Children With Asperger Syndrome 93

Characteristics of Asperger Syndrome 93

Strategies for Succeeding With Children With AS 96

Chapter 9 How to Handle Children With Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 101

Characteristics of Tourette Syndrome (TS)101

Characteristics of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 103

Psychological Consequences of TS and OCD 104

Strategies for Succeeding With Children With TS and OCD 106

Conclusion 110

References 111

Index 115

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