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Positive Behavior Support

Behavior is one way that children communicate. Sometimes the behavior is positive and sometimes it is challenging. We can respond to challenging behaviors in ways that help children develop social-emotional, language, and cognitive skills. We can also teach specific positive behavior skills.

Challenging Behavior Articles

Children are learning in all domains through experimenting, exploring, and trying new things. Because whole child development occurs so rapidly in the early childhood years, children become frustrated easily, they get overwhelmed, and they do not yet have powerful enough language skills to communicate what they are feeling or express what’s  going on in their minds. We have come to label this phenomenon as “challenging behaviors." Here are some resources to help you respond effectively to challenging behaviors and use them as an opportunity to teach positive behaviors.

Resources full of tips and strategies just for you: Understanding Screaming and Yelling, Understanding Using Words to HurtUnderstanding Rough PlayUnderstanding BitingUnderstanding DefianceUnderstanding TantrumsUnderstanding Physical Behaviors, Understanding Destroying Property, Understanding Climbing, Understanding Throwing ObjectsWhy Children Won't Share

Positive Behavior Skills Articles

We know that children need help learning skills like walking, reading, writing, and counting. But did you know that children also need help learning positive behavior skills? If we want children to be respectful and responsible, to cooperate, listen to others, and be kind, we need to model and teach those skills.

Resources full of tips and strategies just for you: Calming Skills, Identifying EmotionsTeaching Impulse ControlBuilding CommunicationActive ListeningTeaching Problem-SolvingTeaching Respect, Building Self Help, Inspiring Involvement, Building Self ConfidenceCoping SkillsNurturing Empathy

Helping Children Through Difficult Times

Everyone experiences sadness, anxiety, and loss. These feelings are especially acute during a worldwide pandemic when no one has the answers and the future is uncertain. Like adults, children experience grief and fear. The resources below will help you to support children through these difficult times.
Discussing DeathChildren's Reactions to Grief by AgeDiscussing Traumatic Events with ChildrenChildren's Grief BooksBeing Intentional About Media Exposure

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