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ERIC Number: EJ745976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
Building Positive Relationships with Young Children
Joseph, Gail; Strain, Phillip
Young Exceptional Children, v7 n4 p21-28 2004
This article provides information for early childhood educators so that they will understand what goes into the task of building positive relationships with children. Having a warm and open relationship with his or her teacher or child care provider is identified as an important protective factor for young children. Empirical evidence for the importance of building positive relationships with children is provided in this article. Two practical strategies are presented: (1) "Getting to Know You Strategies"; and (2) "Making Deposit Strategies." These include examples of descriptive commenting during play. Finally, effective strategies for building relationships with difficult children are described. A majority of this article focuses on what children gain through positive relationships with adults. However, the article concludes by noting that adults benefit from building such relationships too in that teachers experience children who are easier to teach and get to know and are less likely to engage in challenging behaviors. Another benefit is that teachers feel more positive about their skills and efforts and enjoy their jobs more. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children. 27 Fort Missoula Road, Suite 2, Missoula, MT 59804. Tel: 406-543-0872; Fax: 406-543-0887; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A