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Challenging Behavior in Young Children


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INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1 What Is Challenging Behavior? CHAPTER 2 Risk Factors CHAPTER 3 Resilience CHAPTER 4 Behavior and the Brain CHAPTER 5 Relationship, Relationship, Relationship CHAPTER 6 Opening the Culture Door CHAPTER 7 Preventing Challenging Behavior: The Social Climate CHAPTER 8 Preventing Challenging Behavior: Physical Environment, Routines and Transitions, Curriculum, and Teaching Strategies CHAPTER 9 Guidance CHAPTER 10 Functional Assessment and Positive Behavior Support CHAPTER 11 The Inclusive Classroom CHAPTER 12 Working with Families and Other Experts CHAPTER 13 Bullying APPENDIX A Reflective Checklists for Chapters 7 and 8 APPENDIX B The Functional Assessment A-B-C Chart REFERENCES PHOTO CREDITS INDEX

About the Author

Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar Rasminsky first teamed up more than two decades ago to write The Daycare Handbook (1991). Since then they've published a number of award-winning and bestselling books and booklets, including Meeting the Challenge (a Comprehensive Membership Benefit of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 1999), Challenging Behavior in Young Children (winner of a Texty Award for textbook excellence in 2007), Challenging Behavior in Elementary and Middle School (a Texty winner in 2009), and a series of webinars and guides on bullying for the Nova Scotia Department of Education (2013).
Barbara Kaiser has taught at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and at Concordia University and College Marie-Victorin in Montreal, QC, Canada. In addition to presenting workshops and keynote speeches on challenging behavior all over the world, Barbara has acted as a consultant for Mr. Rogers' Family Communications, Inc., and was the chief consultant for Facing the Challenge, an instructional DVD based on Challenging Behavior in Young Children produced by the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative in 2007. She holds a master's degree in educational administration from McGill University and founded and served as the director of two child care centers and an after-school program.
Judy Sklar Rasminsky is a freelance writer specializing in education and health. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, and she has won awards from the National Association of Government Communicators, the International Association of Business Communicators, and the National Institutes of Health. For many years an editor at book publishers in New York and London, she has a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. from Columbia University.
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“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."
- Fred Rogers, Creator and host of the PBS children's program, "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood"

“Wise but eminently practical. 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."
- Sue Bredekamp, author of "Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs"“This textbook has been needed for a long time. It pulls together so many aspects of dealing with problem behavior and covers the field very well. It is up to date, accurate, and interesting to read. I particularly appreciate the fact that these authors are dealing with real children, real adults, and real situations."
- Dorothy Hewes, San Diego State University “The authors' scholarship and experience are evident throughout. The direct references to cultural sensitivity are extremely well done. The chapter addressing reflective teaching is also a welcome addition.... Multiple references to various theories and philosophies of intervention provide an effective and eclectic approach."
- Diane E. Strangis, University of Florida “Because this book really helps provide a framework for thinking about behavior, it is an extremely useful primary text for courses in elementaryeducation."
- Ed Greene, Montclair State University, NJ“Full of good sense and good ideas. This book is clear, practical, sympathetic, and wise. It will be helpful to a great many parents and teachers and child care professionals, and to anyone else who spends time with or cares about children."
- Lawrence Hartmann, M.D., Past President, American Psychiatric Association

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