Challenging Behavior in Young Children



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Excerpt from instructional DVD series for teachers of young children titled: Facing The Challenge. For more informaiton contact:

let's look at a scene in an early childhood environment in which the teachers like all of us face difficult behaviors and at times respond in ways that don't help the child learn more positive behaviors that's what you don't have to go to sleep with remember you have to stand your man start to rest or relax thank apply it is not a choice – what turn back around the other way and go lay on your bed look at me why it is trying to rest also you don't want to mess with him Wyatt is trying to rest Joshua want to play alright Joshua we need to help you get on your bed that's mostly what you want I'm not going to come back over there Joshua you're kicking miss Debbie if you would like me to come back over no you need to ask we'll take another look at this sequence at the end of the program to examine what might be done in future situations like this to help the child learn more positive behaviors meanwhile let's begin answering the question what is challenging behavior almost all children who have trouble controlling their behavior can learn new more effective ways of taking part in school activities and playing with their friends a child often shows dramatic improvements in his behavior when he learns how to use his words or how to control his impulses but in order to have a chance to learn and use these new skills a child has to be involved with adults who are committed to helping him a recent study conducted by Yale University indicated that over 5,000 children were expelled from preschool in 1 year this expulsion rate is more than three times that of children in kindergarten through the 12th grade the study also described as many as 1 in every 10 children as having a serious behavioral problem helping these children can be hard work programs that expel young children often feel they can't help those few children using difficult behaviors while still meeting the needs of other children in the classroom but the fact is as a qualified teacher you can help these children you may not realize that you already have many of the skills needed to help children using challenging be a viens teachers oftentimes faced with challenging behaviors there's their first reaction is I'm not prepared to deal with this I don't have the training to deal with this when in reality if she simply reflected on the skills that she does have and I think that's the really key point is that ability to really stop and do some self-reflection and take a look at what am I really good at and maybe that I'm good at anticipating what the triggers are for that behavior well that's going to really give me some good warning you know I may not know exactly what to do about that but I can learn then to become intentional about some kind of intervention at that point so I think you know really reflecting and developing an awareness of what skills you do have is the first step to realizing that you might be able to develop the confidence and competence to deal with the challenging behaviors dealing with challenging behaviors is a normal part of some preschool teacher's jobs most children will at times use difficult behaviors as they try out different ways of interacting with the world around them or as they adapt to difficult situations like a family move parental separations a new sibling recent changes within the classroom or other major events in their lives usually children adapt quickly and stop using behaviors that aren't the most effective and helping them get what they want or need but sometimes a child doesn't stop using challenging behaviors without help this child's behavior will likely limit his ability to learn and grow determining the difference between behavior that is difficult but likely to improve and behavior that is challenging and likely to require intervention comes with experience the description of challenging behavior used by some child development experts incited in the book challenging behavior in young children by Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar as Minsky has three components challenging behavior is defined as any behavior that interferes with children's learning development and successful play is harmful to the child other children or adults puts a child at high risk for later social problems or school failure you

20 thoughts on “Challenging Behavior in Young Children

  1. Some nasty girl got removed from West University Elementary because of her behavioral issues when I was little and my bus driver wouldn't write her up for picking on me. Some crazy boy got removed from Pershing Middle School because of his behavioral issues and he was written up by my teacher. Some other boy was removed from Bellaire High School because of his behavioral issues.

  2. Have this 2 year old in the gym I work at and he’s so bad, nothing I do works on him if there are other boys in room. He’ll throw everything on the floor, kick it, and even hits me, throws blocks at me and tries to pinch me! And he goes everyday.

  3. 5 words : You are a little SHIT!
    Are you that desperate that you are reading books/watching videos on how to manage your child? Why don’t you grow some balls and parent them yourselves? I can’t believe 1.3 Million people are not brave enough to fucking talk to their damn child! Go kill yourself if you enjoy this content.

  4. I'm not sure but ,if anyone else trying to find out how to discipline toddlers try Loctavan Teaching Toddler Strategy (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some awesome things about it and my work buddy got amazing results with it.

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