POSITIVE CHILD GUIDANCE, Eighth Edition, equips readers with information on how to guide, manage, and cope with the behavior of children. The book provides insight into children's efforts to understand their own emerging needs and feelings while coping with adult expectations. The author outlines workable steps for creating a cooperative, respectful community of children and adults, with special emphasis on sensitivity to cultural needs, cultural differences, and developmentally appropriate practice. You'll also find a range of practical, effective, and flexible guidance strategies based on principles of straightforward communication and assertiveness. This new edition includes critical advances in research and addresses the cultural trends that are changing the way babies and children are cared for today.
About the Author
Darla Ferris Miller holds a doctorate in early childhood education, Texas and Mississippi teaching credentials, and the American Montessori Society Early Childhood, Infant, and Toddler Certification. She was a vice president, a division chair, and a professor at North Harris College. Dr. Miller has also served in a wide range of roles within the field of child care and development. She has been a caregiver, early childhood teacher, center director, teacher trainer, and consultant, and has worked with children from infancy to middle school.
Table of Contents
Part I: PREPARING FOR POSITIVE GUIDANCE. 1. Why Guidance Matters. 2. Historical Perspectives and Guidance Theories. 3. Understanding Children's Behavior. Part II: VALUING THE UNIQUENESS OF EACH CHILD. 4. How to Observe Children. 5. Serving Culturally Diverse Children and Families. 6. Understanding Children with Ability Differences. Part III: PREVENTING BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS. 7. Designing Developmentally Appropriate Environments Inside and Out. 8. Building Relationships through Positive Communication. 9. Fundamental Causes of Positive and Negative Behavior. Part IV: POSITIVE INTERVENTIONS. 10. Effective Guidance Interventions. 11. Mistaken Goals, Motivation, and Mindfulness. Appendix. Glossary. References. Index.