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Friesen, Lori – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2010
Animal-Assisted programs with children are becoming increasingly popular in school and therapeutic settings. This article provides an overview of the benefits accrued by children as well as the concerns with programs which involve animals, and therapy dogs in particular, in these environments. Research over the past 30 years indicates that therapy…
Descriptors: Children, Emotional Disturbances, Animals, Therapeutic Environment
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Swick, Kevin James; Williams, Reginald D. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2006
Today's families face many stressors during the early childhood years. Particular stressors like homelessness, violence, and chemical dependence, play havoc with the family system. Urie Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological perspective offers an insightful lens for understanding and supporting families under stress. This article presents the key…
Descriptors: Family (Sociological Unit), Stress Variables, Homeless People, Violence
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Swick, Kevin J. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2005
The author articulates key stressors in the lives of families who are homeless. These stresses often combine with barriers such as lack of job opportunities and/or insensitive professionals. Strategies for helping homeless families overcome these barriers and related issues are presented.
Descriptors: Homeless People, Employment Opportunities, Helping Relationship, Family Involvement
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Lawhon, Tommie; Lawhon, David C. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2000
Asserts that social relationships may be enhanced through a youngster's efforts and those of caring adults, especially teachers, parents, and other caregivers. Presents two checklists, one to assist when observing and recording children's behaviors and another to aid adults with the self-assessments of their child guidance techniques. (Author/SD)
Descriptors: Caregiver Child Relationship, Caregiver Role, Check Lists, Child Behavior