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ERIC Number: EJ1161376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Position Statement on Challenging Behavior and Young Children--July 2017
ZERO TO THREE, v38 n2 p33-42 Nov 2017
The early childhood period from birth to age 8 is an exciting one for growth, development, and learning. It is when children begin to develop social-emotional competence, and it is also a time when children's emerging skills may result in behaviors adults and peers find challenging. It is important that adults who care for and teach young children be prepared to address challenging behavior in positive and instructive ways. Positive approaches to preventing and addressing challenging behavior go beyond only reacting in the moment and instead aim to address the underlying cause of the behavior and teach the child needed social-emotional or communication skills. This article defines "challenging behavior" and "social emotional competence," provides a summary of Division for Early Childhood (DEC's) position on the identification of and intervention with challenging behavior, and offers recommendations to the early childhood special education and early care and education fields about positive approaches to preventing and addressing challenging behavior.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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