Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Understanding, Preventing and Responding Effectively, 4th edition

Published by Pearson (January 5, 2016) © 2017

  • Barbara Kaiser
  • Judy Sklar Rasminsky

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  • Students enjoy reading this book because of its user-friendly conversational style, a well-organised logical format, numerous text boxes, and real-life anecdotes.
  • The research-based, eclectic information comes from a variety of different disciplines, synthesised into a single, comprehensive, coherent package with a good choice of approaches to appeal to a wide range of readers.
  • NEW! An emphasis on stress, executive function, social climate, and social norms brings today’s most pressing topics into the book’s discussions.
  • NEW! A completely new chapter on behaviour and the brain (Ch. 4) underlines the influence of stress and includes a new section on genes. Included are important insights into understanding and preventing children’s challenging behaviour—and to teachers’ reactions confronted with it.
  • NEW! A completely new chapter on resilience explains the latest theories and research, including grit and mindset “growing the brain.”
  • The importance of partnerships with families is emphasised throughout the book and specifically addressed in Chapter 12, Working with Families and Other Experts.
    • NEW! Additional new strategies help teachers and educators connect with children and families.
  • NEW! An updated chapter on bullying (Ch. 13) highlights the importance of social climate, social norms, and bystanders, and now provides specific details about handling bullying incidents. Included is information on how perceptions influence teachers’ attitudes and responses and specific strategies for preventing bullying, responding to it, and working with the children and families involved.
  • The chapter on Culture (Ch. 6) features material on the differences between children’s home cultures and the culture of school and child care; culturally responsive teaching; and dual-language learning to help readers deal effectively with the increasingly diverse number of children in today’s school and child care settings who speak languages other than English.
    • NEW! Up-to-date research on dual-language learning and culturally responsive teaching is presented.
  • A number of helpful aids for furthering understanding and ensuring reinforcement of the concepts are included, among them:
    • NEW! Learning goals and What do you know? questions that align with those goals have been added to each chapter.
    • Substantially revised reflective checklists cover social climate, physical environment, routines and transitions, curriculum, and teaching strategies.
    • NEW! Additional new strategies foster self-reflection, including understanding the amygdala hijack.

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Key content changes include:

  • A new emphasis on stress, executive function, social climate, and social norms brings today’s most pressing issues into the book’s discussions.
  • Learning goals and What do you know? questions that align with those goals have been added to each chapter.
  • A completely new brain chapter underlines the influence of stress and includes a new section on genes.
  • A completely new chapter on resilience explains the latest theories and research, including grit and mindset “growing the brain.”
  • An updated chapter on bullying highlights the importance of social climate, social norms, and bystanders, and now provides specific details about handling bullying incidents.
  • Up-to-date research on dual-language learning and culturally responsive teaching is presented in the culture chapter (Ch. 6).
  • New information from the DSM-5 covers autism, learning disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • An expanded section covers curriculum and the Common Core.
  • Substantially revised reflective checklists cover social climate, physical environment, routines and transitions, curriculum, and teaching strategies.
  • Additional new strategies help teachers and educators connect with children and families.
  • Additional new strategies foster self-reflection, including understanding the amygdala hijack.
  • Several new figures further illustrate points in the text.
  • An updated Instructor’s Manual is available for download to college instructors who register online. Included are interactive activities, discussion questions, learning outcomes, chapter summaries, and more to enrich a variety of college course formats—online, hybrid, and face to face.

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  
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 www.challengingbehavior.com and read their blog at www.childrenwithchallengingbehavior.com

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