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Challenging Behavior in Young Children

Note: This is the bound book only and does not include access to the Enhanced Pearson eText. To order the Enhanced Pearson eText packaged with a bound book, use ISBN 0134289978. A new edition of the acclaimed, best-selling survival guide for teachers struggling to find answers to children's challenging behavior. Stressing that every child has some kind of special need, especially children with challenging behavior, this book contains numerous practical, indispensable tips for responding to those needs, building relationships with children and their families, and preventing challenging behavior. It provides teachers with background information that enables them to understand why children behave the way they do and presents several evidence-based strategies to address their challenging behavior effectively so that teachers can select those best suited to the child and the situation. Useful to education students as well as in-service teachers in pre-school, child care, and primary school, the book emphasizes the importance of the teacher's role in the behavior of children and encourages students and educators to reflect on their own values, feelings, and actions. In addition to up-to-date research on culture, dual-language learning, resilience, and inclusion, this new edition focuses on what stress can do to children's brains, executive function, and behavior. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded videos. Improve mastery and retention with the Enhanced Pearson eText* The Enhanced Pearson eText provides a rich, interactive learning environment designed to improve student mastery of content. The Enhanced Pearson eText is: Engaging. The new interactive, multimedia learning features were developed by the authors and other subject-matter experts to deepen and enrich the learning experience. Convenient. Enjoy instant online access from your computer or download the Pearson eText App to read on or offline on your iPad (R) and Android (R) tablet.* Affordable. The Enhanced Pearson eText may be purchased stand-alone for 50-60% less than a print bound book. *The Enhanced eText features are only available in the Pearson eText format. They are not available in third-party eTexts or downloads. *The Pearson eText App is available on Google Play and in the App Store. It requires Android OS 3.1-4, a 7" or 10" tablet, or iPad iOS 5.0 or later.
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Table of Contents

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. Visit Kaiser and Rasminsky at and read their blog at


“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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